Encore Films

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Encore Films Pte Ltd
Native name
IndustryMedia, Entertainment
Key people
Joyce Lee, Managing Director
ProductsFilm distribution, Film production

Encore Films is a film distribution and production company based in Singapore. It distributes primarily Japanese and other Asian content in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, Hong Kong and Taiwan; some titles released by Encore Films include the Death Note film series, Non-Stop, The Forbidden Kingdom, Dragon Blade, Cold War 1 & 2, Attack on Titan 1 & 2 as well as Studio Ghibli's animations Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and The Wind Rises. In 2016, the company produced and released its first Singapore production Young & Fabulous.[1]


The company was founded in 2003 by Singaporean director and producer Joyce Lee, with the aim of "bringing quality films to the audience in the South East Asia region",[1] its sister company Simply Fun handles video distribution, cinematic subtitling and other post-production services.


Notable releases[edit]

The Death Note film series, which includes Death Note, Death Note 2: The Last Name, spin-off L Change the World and Death Note: Light Up The New World, has been the box office record holder for Japanese films for the past 11 years.[2] The four films grossed over S$5.2 million combined, and went on to become the No. 1 Japanese film series in Singapore.[2]

Both Dragon Blade and Attack on Titan were among the top 10 Asian films in Singapore in 2015, with box office takings of S$2.6 million and S$821,500 respectively.[3] The Dragon Blade cast – Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Choi Si-won, Lin Peng, and Mika Wang – visited Singapore in February 2015 for the film press conference, red carpet and gala premiere event.[4][5]

Cold War 2 became one of the top 10 Asian films in Singapore in 2016, with a box office performance of S$2.1 million.[6] In July 2016, the stars of Cold War 2Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, and Eddie Peng – promoted the film in Singapore with a press conference, red carpet and gala premiere event held at Marina Bay Sands;[7][8] the sequel topped the box office during its opening weekend, and eventually doubled the box office earnings of its first film.[9][10]

The company released Makoto Shinkai's animation your name. in Vietnam in January 2017, which became the No. 1 Japanese film in the country.[11]

Top 25 films released by Encore Films in Singapore[12]
Rank Title Year Box office gross


1 The Forbidden Kingdom 2008 $3,350,000
2 Dragon Blade 2015 $2,587,457
3 Cold War 2 2016 $2,062,210
4 Death Note 2: The Last Name 2006 $1,750,000
5 Death Note 2006 $1,420,000
6 The Lost Bladesman 2011 $1,330,000
7 Young & Fabulous 2016 $1,316,206
8 L Change the World 2008 $1,280,000
9 A Chinese Ghost Story 2011 $970,658
10 Cold War 2012 $919,998
11 Death Note: Light Up The New World 2016 $852,473
12 Wishing Stairs 2003 $840,000
13 Attack on Titan 2015 $821,485
14 The Promise 2005 $718,000
15 League of Gods 2016 $713,257
16 Killers 2010 $683,050
17 Brotherhood 2004 $580,000
18 My Girlfriend is an Agent 2009 $553,417
19 The Guillotines 2012 $532,894
20 The Four 2012 $530,766
21 Monga 2010 $458,975
22 Keeper of Darkness 2015 $435,786
23 Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea 2009 $428,501
24 Ju-On 3 2014 $402,280
25 Attack on Titan 2 2015 $393,568


Produced and co-directed by Joyce Lee, the company's first film production Young & Fabulous was produced at a S$1.5 million budget, and starred Aloysius Pang, Malaysian Internet celebrity Joyce Chu, Joshua Tan of Ah Boys to Men, Gurmit Singh, Henry Thia, Quan Yi Fong, Jeffrey Xu and Jordan Ng.[13] The film is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers who strive to overcome numerous obstacles in order to fulfil their dreams,[14] it grossed over S$1.3 million at the Singapore box office, and was one of four Singaporean films to hit S$1 million at the local box office.[6] Young & Fabulous also became one of the top 10 Asian films in Singapore in 2016;[6] the film was subsequently released in Malaysia,[15] Indonesia,[16] and Vietnam.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Encore Films Pte. Ltd". www.encorefilms.com. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  2. ^ a b "[Movie] DEATH NOTE Light Up The New World + Death Note 1 & 2 Marathon! - KAvenyou.com". KAvenyou.com. 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  3. ^ hermes (2016-01-14). "Two home-grown films in Singapore's top 10 box office hits of 2015". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ "Jackie Chan and 'Dragon Blade' co-stars Adrien Brody, John Cusack and Choi Siwon headed for Singapore | F*** Magazine". www.fmoviemag.com. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  5. ^ "cinemaonline.sg: Jackie and stars coming to Singapore". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  6. ^ a b c hermes (2017-01-07). "Superheroes ruled at box office here in 2016". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  7. ^ "Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok headed to Singapore to promote Cold War 2". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  8. ^ "Catch Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok and Eddie Peng in Singapore for Cold War 2". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  9. ^ "cinemaonline.sg: "Cold War 2" tops local box office on opening weekend". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  10. ^ ""Cold War 2" tops local box office on opening weekend". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  11. ^ "Encore Films Vietnam". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  12. ^ "Top 25 Movies". Encore Films Pte Ltd. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "Singapore's Encore moves into production with 'Young & Fabulous'". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  14. ^ Young & Fabulous (2016), retrieved 2017-05-29
  15. ^ "cinema.com.my: Young And Fabulous". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  16. ^ "Young & Fabulous". sinemapedia. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  17. ^ "'Tuổi siêu quậy': Phim về tuổi teen Singapore đến Việt Nam". Báo Thanh Niên. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-05-29.

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