Paolo Lee Taiwan-Based mostly Producer-Distributor Dies, Age 79

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Veteran movie distributor and producer Paolo Lee has died. He was 79.

Born in Malaysia, he spent a lot of his movie trade profession in Taiwan the place he operated a number of companies over time, together with King’s Video, Scholar Theatre Firm, Lux Cinemas and B.I.G. Movie which he based.

He died on Might 11 in Taiwan, simply days wanting his 80th birthday, and was buried privately by household earlier than trade buddies and colleagues have been notified.

Lee (full identify Lee Teck Hoo) attended La Scala, Italy as a music pupil. He began translating Hong Kong and Chinese language-language films for subtitles in Italian to help himself via college. Whereas there, he additionally met his spouse.

Though dogged by occasional bouts of dangerous well being – together with one notable time when he was transported by ambulance from the Busan Movie Competition to Seoul – Lee remained lively till his passing.

In 2009 he met Joshua Tong and collectively they based C2M Media. Driving the exponential development of mainland Chinese language cinema on the time, the corporate sought to co-produce large-scale impartial films concentrating on a worldwide viewers.

Lee government produced the Chinese language model of “A Wedding ceremony Invitation,” which was the primary commercially profitable Korean-Chinese language co-production. Othe credit there included ” Miss Granny,” and “When Larry Met Mary.” His most up-to-date credit score might be MM2’s “A Journey With Your Spouse” directed by Gavin Lin, and which is to be launched in August this 12 months.

Trade buddies left a number of messages on-line, recounting Lee’s lengthy profession and his vigorous and endearing spirit. “I keep in mind his stunning singing voice and instructing me to play baccarat – at all times vigorous,” mentioned Glenn Kendrick Ackermann. “I keep in mind his cheerful and operatic moments all these years in the past. Might he relaxation in love & peace,” wrote producer Lars Bjorck. “Beautiful man, and humorous as hell,” wrote programmer and pageant organizer Tony Watts.

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