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Bona Film Group and CAA Establish Film Fund

25 May 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bona Film Group and CAA have launched a long-term film fund, with an initial $150 million investment. The fund will be co-managed by Bona and CAA, with a focus on financing English-language films for the global marketplace, Chinese co-productions, and Chinese-language films for the local market.

All films financed through the fund will be distributed in China by Bona Film Group; CAA will represent the North American and select international distribution rights to all films.

The announcement follows the news of Bona Film financing Roland Emmerich’s next film “Midway,” which is based on the famous World War II battle between U.S. and Japanese forces.

“With Bona, we have a strategic partner that brings an unmatched level of expertise of the Chinese film distribution landscape and a shared commitment to helping grow the Chinese film market,” said Roeg Sutherland, head of CAA’s Global Film Finance & Sales Group. “In addition »

- Justin Kroll

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Cannes: Chow Yun-fat, Aaron Kwok Star in Hong Kong Action Film ‘Project Gutenberg’

17 May 2017 9:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok have begun filming on big-budget Chinese-language action film “Project Gutenberg.” The picture is being directed by Felix Chong, screenwriter on the original “The Departed” and director of the hit “Overheard” franchise.

The story, written by Chong, sees Hong Kong police hunting a gang of exceptional currency counterfeiters. Through a gang member (Kwok) whom they extradite from Thailand, the police find themselves on the trail of the gang’s shadowy mastermind (Chow). The cast also includes Dick Liu Kai Chi, Zhang Jingchu and Catherine Chau as the lead detective.

The film is a Hong Kong-China co-production, with production by Hong Kong’s Pop Movies and finance by China’s Bona Film Group. International rights are handled by Distribution Workshop, which has already struck some early pre-sales. It will begin licensing other territories at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film has been licensed to Gsc Movies for Malaysia, »

- Patrick Frater

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Unusual Atmospherics Abound at Beijing Festival Opening

16 April 2017 11:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The opening ceremony of the seventh edition of the Beijing International Film Festival took place Sunday night amid a tight security cordon at Huairou, and the wind blowing white lint from the poplar trees that surround the city.

As well as a spectacular permanent theater, the far-flung Beijing suburb is home to China Film Group’s studio complex, and the opening events briefly crimped the filming schedule of Zhang Yimou’s upcoming “Shadow.”

Films will play across the Chinese capital for the next week (April 16-23). They will compete for eyeballs with “The Fate of the Furious,” which broke records this weekend in commercial theaters. Festival organizers denied that the absence of any Korean films was a political decision linked to the current diplomatic and economic standoff between China and South Korea sparked by Seoul’s decision to deploy a controversial missile-defense system.

The festival’s opening ceremony in Huairou »

- Patrick Frater

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Filmart: Wilson Yip martial arts zombie mash-up leads Mei Ah slate

12 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dragon Gate Zombie Inn is being produced by The Monkey King producer Soi Cheang.

Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment is launching its slate at Filmart headed by Dragon Gate Zombie Inn, a mash-up of the martial arts and zombie thriller genres from Ip Man [pictured] director Wilson Yip.

Currently in pre-production, the film is set in the desert in the fortress-like Dragon Inn, which becomes ground zero for a zombie invasion. It will be produced by Soi Cheang, who is currently directing Filmko Entertainment’s big-budget fantasy sequel, The Monkey King 3.

Wilson Yip and Soi Cheang will then switch roles on Mei Ah’s sci-fi action title Marauder, which Yip will produce with Cheang directing. The story follows an alien who accidentally lands on Earth and is hunted by humans, while trying to get his spaceship off the ground.

Mei Ah is also selling Philip Yung’s Theory Of Ambitions, his first feature »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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‘Cold War 2’ Is a Glossy, Suspenseful Sequel That’s Definitely Worth Checking Out!

9 March 2017 9:07 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Well Go USA released the long awaited sequel, Cold War 2, on Blu-ray and DVD March 7, 2017. It is one of the best good versus bad flicks that I have seen in a while. Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung,  Eddie Peng and Chow Yun Fat play for blood in the dirty world of politics.

They’re conniving, ruthless and intelligent; and that’s just the good guys!

Aaron Kwok returns again as Sean Lau, now promoted to the role of Commissioner of Police. When his wife becomes a pawn in the ongoing fight, Lau makes a decision that opens the flood gates of hell, giving his enemies all the ammo they need to take him out.

To their surprise, Lau isn’t an easy target. He is brilliant and strategic, even using their own players again them. Counter move after move leaves them shook. When Chow Yun Fat graces the screen, his charisma is on full blast. »

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China’s Wuxi Studio Pacts With Germany’s Studio Babelsberg

24 February 2017 12:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese film studios Wuxi Studio and German production facilities house Studio Babelsberg have inked a deal to work together on a project-by-project basis.

The pact will encompass the production of German-Chinese co-productions and the exchange of technical expertise and personnel. The partners plan to set up a joint production service unit.

Carl Woebcken, president/CEO of Studio Babelsberg, said: “The modern film studios in Wuxi offer excellent conditions. Studio Babelsberg will be contributing its expertise in the areas of production services and the realization of international film productions to the cooperation.”

“The aim of the partnership is to promote the internationalization of Wuxi Studio and provide Studio Babelsberg with access to the Chinese film market,” according to a statement.

Past productions shot at Babelsberg include “The Monuments Men,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Bridge of Spies.” Recent productions housed at the studios include “A Cure for Wellness.”

Wuxi Studio, which »

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