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Village Roadshow Asia, Warner team for Zhong Kui

15 June 2014 3:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau produces with Desen’s Ann An.

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures have signed on as co-financiers and co-producers of Desen International Media’s 3D fantasy adventure Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, it was announced today in Shanghai.

The film is set for release in China on February 19, 2015, the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner will profit from the film’s revenues in mainland China, and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia will have distribution rights in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand; while Warner Bros. will handle distribution in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Beijing Enlight Pictures has also joined the project as a co-financier and Mainland China co-distributor. Other Chinese co-financiers include actor Chen Kun’s production company K. Pictures and Shenzhen-based Wu’s Entertainment.

Zhao Tianyu (The Law of Atttraction) [pictured] will direct a cast including Chen Kun (The Painted »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Fall for China’s ‘Snow Girl’

14 June 2014 10:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shanghai — Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures are to co-finance and co-produce 3-D Chinese fantasy film “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.”

The film is now in production and is produced by Desen International Media. It is set for release in Feb. 2015 in time for a major Chinese New Year outing.

Directed by Zhao Tianyu (“The Law of Attraction”), “Snow Girl” stars Chen Kun (“The Painted Skin,” “Bends”), Li Bingbing (“Transformers 4”,) Winston Chao (“Eat Drink Man Woman,” “The Wedding Banquet”,) Yang Zishan (“So Young”,) Bao Bei-er (“So Young”,) and Jike Junyi (“Outcast”).

The story sees legendary anti-hero Zhong Kui as a young man endowed with mysterious powers, forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in order to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.

Production is by Ann An (“Ip Man 2,” “Tiny Times”) and Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau (“Crouching Tiger, »

- Patrick Frater

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China's Desen teams with Weta on epic

23 March 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: China’s Desen International Media has brought on board top VFX houses including Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop for its upcoming $27m 3D fantasy adventure.

Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal is currently shooting in China with acclaimed Hong Kong DoP Peter Pau serving as producer, DoP and VFX director on the film.

The cast is headed by Chen Kun, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Bao Beier, Yang Zishan and Jike Junyi. Executive producer is Desen’s Ann An.

“This will be a unique, oriental-style visual feast that will raise the bar in terms of story-telling, performances, photography and VFX,” said Pau, who is working with 3D stereographer Vincent E. Toto (Dredd) and a 3ality TS5 rig.

Zhao Tianyu (The Law Of Attraction) is directing, while Guo Junli (Gone With The Bullets) headed the screenplay team.

The story is based on legendary Tang Dynasty hero Zhong Kui who struggles between his desire to bring justice »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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