Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Christianism in Korea and Japan

Galley Reader A.M. sends along this link to the Reuter's story where Paul Verhoeven blames Basic Instinct 2's financial woes on the Christian Right, Bush, Halliburton, et al.

(I'm kidding about Halliburton, of course. It's not like Verhoeven is crazy.)

Buried deep into page 2 of the story, however, is the most interesting nugget:
Despite the market downturn, "9 1/2 Weeks" and "Wild Orchid" scribe Zalman King is still penning erotic thrillers, including retro-sounding titles like "Nasty Girls Save the World." But he admits that the appetite for the genre has taken a hit, and he blames the international market.

"Korea used to be a big erotic thriller market (in the '80s and '90s). Japan, too. You used to be able to cobble deals together based on those markets, but it has become more difficult," said King, who also produced "9 1/2 Weeks" alongside Damon. "There used to be a way to finance erotic thrillers if you had the right cast based on the foreign market. The foreign market doesn't support it in the way that it used to. They are now embracing more mainstream fare."

Maybe the problem is the rise of the Christian Right in Korea and Japan. If Paul Verhoeven acts quickly, those countries can still be saved!


Ralphie said...

Combine this post with the previous one and you have your answer: homoerotic thrillers are the way to go.

Anonymous said...

Andrew Sullivan is outraged and demands an apology. He's not sure why just yet, but he suspects you may be mocking him.

Also, he's trademarked the word "Christianist" and all of its derivatives, so you're going to hear from his lawyers. Fascist.

That Dude said...

Dont the koreans get Skinemax?

Fulll Metal Republican

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