CineAsia preview: Annual Hong Kong convention explores new technologies


As more and more new theatres open in the Asia-Pacific region (especially in the booming market of China), entrepreneurs are looking to give these cinema complexes a technological edge. The annual CineAsia convention, taking place Dec. 10-12 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, will address that need with informative programs on the latest trends and technologies impacting the modern moviegoing experience.

The show kicks off on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a panel discussion presented by the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), moderated by Ioan Allen, film audio pioneer and senior VP of Dolby Laboratories. The topics will include 3D penetration, laser projection, immersive sound systems, alternative content, and construction costs. The distinguished panelists lending their expertise are Irving Chee, general manager, Golden Screen Cinemas; Brian Hall, president and CEO, Megastar Media; Sunder Kimatrai, senior VP, Asia-Pacific, Twentieth Century Fox International; and Mark Viane, senior VP, Latin America and Asia Pacific, Paramount Pictures International.

On Wednesday morning, Film Journal International’s own Bill Mead (who also heads up will moderate a panel on the exciting new immersive sound systems and their benefits for exhibitors. Panelists are Stuart Bowling, director of market development, Dolby Laboratories; Brian Claypool, senior director, strategic business development, Barco; Dr. Bharani Kannappan, director, Gokulam Pavilion–Sundar Theatres; and Ingrid Y. Lim, general manager, The Grand @ Elements.

That afternoon, the show will also feature demos of Dolby Atmos sound and D-BOX motion seats at the Golden Harvest Grand Ocean Cinema.

Now that you’ve installed state-of-the-art technology, what movies will benefit from that spectacular picture and sound? At press time, CineAsia announced three eagerly awaited studio releases making their Asian debuts at the show. Warner Bros. Pictures International’s product presentation will be capped by a screening of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug presented in RealD 3D. Walt Disney International’s product preview is followed by a screening of Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the story of the artistic clash between Walt Disney and Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers. And Keanu Reeves joins Japanese stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi in the samurai action tale 47 Ronin, part of Universal Pictures International’s special presentation.

All six major studios—Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros.—will be represented at the show, a sign of Asia-Pacific’s major contribution to worldwide box-office performance.

CineAsia 2013 culminates with the Thursday afternoon awards ceremony and reception hosted by Christie, DLP Cinema and Rentrak. On the following pages, please read our in-depth profiles of honorees Kazuhiko Seta of TOHO Cinemas, Terry Lai and Rigo Jesu of Intercontinental Group Holdings, and Wang Changtian of Enlight Media. Thailand’s SF Cinema City will also be honored with the DLP Cinema Marketing Achievement Award, and Disney’s Iron Man 3 will receive Rentrak’s Asia-Pacific Box Office Achievement Award.

Enjoy the show!