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Asia has been integral to Im Global almost since day one. That is a reflection of both of Im Global founder Stuart Ford’s determination to position the company for growth and the company’s financial opportunism.
That puts Im Global in a unique position — an independent with large exposure in both India and in China.
“Our mantra is to stay opportunistic, not be wed to a single business or financing model,” Ford says. “And to keep one eye on the wider business — digital distribution, growth markets, lower cost filmmaking. These make it easier to build a business and make a buck, than building a big studio structure.”
The film industry’s traditional model saw international sales covering risk and the North American market as the profit center. But Ford argues that the U.S. market is the most crowded, expensive and competitive market in the world and therefore the »
- Patrick Frater
The Great Wall of China has long been the object of many a man’s admiration. However, if you think you know the reason behind this ancient wonder’s creation, then you ought to prepare for your mind to be blown.
Behind “The Great Wall”
This year, a movie of epic proportions has started production, and it boasts not only of an ambitious concept but also a star-studded cast comprising of some of the most prominent figures from both Hollywood and the Chinese cinema.
Revolving around the majestic Great Wall, the film mashes elements from science fiction and history as it sets up its characters in 15th century China. Where’s the sci-fi in that, you ask? Well, apparently, the “real” reason the Wall was erected is a large-scale, unrecorded invasion of giant mythical creatures—aliens, perhaps? In this grievous battle against the supernatural, humankind opted to fortify its defenses »
- Mary Ann Simuangco
Production has begun on Zhang Yimou's first English-language film "The Great Wall," a project that also marks the first effort of Legendary Entertainment's Chinese offshoot Legendary East.
The period supernatural blockbuster follows an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. Filming will take place at the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.
Crew members include cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh, costume designer Mayes Rubeo, production designer John Myhre, VFX supervisor Phil Brennan and film editor Craig Wood. The film is currently slated for a global release on November 23rd 2016.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Production has begun on “The Great Wall,” Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s first English-language film. The movie is also the first for Legendary East, the ambitious Chinese offshoot of Hollywood super-producer Legendary Entertainment.
Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.” Locations include the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.
A topnotch crew includes cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Boardwalk Empire,”); costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”); production designer John Myhre (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Nine”); VFX supervisor Phil Brennan (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Wolverine”); and film editor Craig Wood (“Pirates of the Caribbean, »
- Patrick Frater
What we lack more and more these days are epic fight scenes in the final part of kung Fu/Martial Art movies. We have seen less and less one on one fight scenes in the final battle over the past 15-20 years, which is a shame but we have seen recently a few flicks bringing that winning formula back.
I want to name a few of my favorite end fight scenes and please feel free to comment below, your favorite fight scenes and maybe they will be added to the future features. I only add fight scenes which i can find the clips for on youtube, so some classics might not be added to the lists.
1.Drunken Master 2 (1994)
2.Ong Bak 2 (2008)
Cinderella remained on top in the world's second biggest film market, taking $28.37 million in its first full week in Chinese theaters for a cume of $53.45 million after 10 days, according to data from the research group Entgroup. Kenneth Branagh's live-action take on the fairy-tale classic notched up 219,829 screenings and 5.68 million admissions. In second place was the Andy Lau-starrer Lost and Love, which was written and directed by Peng Sanyuan and tells the story of a man searching for his abducted son. The movie took $18.17 million in its
- Clifford Coonan
When Ruby Yang was nominated in the best newcomer section of the Hong Kong Directors’ Guild last month, she giggled. After all, she won an Academy Award in 2007 for her documentary short “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” about a Chinese orphan who contracts HIV from his parents, and has two more Oscar nominations in the same category. When she won the Hkdg award last week, she must have laughed out loud.
Yet, strangely, Yang is starting over.
After several years in the U.S. working as film editor and filmmaker, and then most of the past decade living in Beijing, she has now returned to her native Hong Kong and is putting down roots all over again.
She is teaching at Hong Kong University’s journalism and media studies department and also working as a producer. This week she will attend Haf as producer of “The Last Stitch,” a project »
- Patrick Frater
Currently in post-production, Saving Mr. Wu revolves around the battle of wits between the police and the underworld following the abduction of a Hong Kong star in Beijing.
The film is the first production of Ding Sheng’s Beijing Going Zoom Media Co and is co-financed by Shanghai New Media Group.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
The real story was one that gripped Hong Kong and China for 21 hours in real time. The movie realization is understood to bring to light new details of the police investigation, the cruelty of the kidnappers and the bravery of the kidnapped star.
Other cast includes Wang Qianyuan, Wu Ruofu and Lam Suet.
- Patrick Frater
China’s widespread child-abduction problem is the compelling starting point for “Lost and Love,” a road movie that offers lyrical observations of the country’s rural and grassroots landscape. Mindfully helmed and written by Peng Sanyuan, the film features Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau and promising mainland thesp Jing Boran as an engagingly simpatico duo in search of their missing loved ones. Although it soft-pedals the dire situation of human trafficking in China, the result provides poignant insight into the victims’ psychological scars. Neither a typical mainstream work nor edgy festival fare, the pic would have been destined for limited home formats if not for Lau’s fame, which has opened some doors into select overseas markets.
Peng claims her decision to make this film (supposedly based on a true story) took root in 2010, the year that saw the genesis of online civilian communities fighting child abduction. Compared with Peter Chan’s recent “Dearest, »
- Maggie Lee
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The first photos from The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials gives a glimpse of the dire circumstances faced by the surviving characters from the first installment of the series. The sequel features returning stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson; it's due in theaters on September 18, 2015. [Empire] The Great Wall: Matt Damon has been confirmed to star in Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall, which will start production in China at the end of this month. Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe will also star, with longtime Hong Kong leading man Andy Lau and other Chinese actors joining the cast. The film follows an "elite force making a last stand for humanity on the iconic...
- Peter Martin
The film's confirmed leads are Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe whilst Chinese stars for the film include Andy Lau ("Infernal Affairs"), Tian Jing ("New Police Story"), Hanyu Zhang ("Taking Tiger Mountain"), Eddie Peng ("Fleet of Time"), Lu Han ("Miss Granny"), Gengxin Lin ("Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon"), Zheng Kai ("Fleet of Time"), Chen Xuedong ("Tiny Times 3"), Xuan Huang ("The Golden Era"), pop star Wang Junkai in his film debut, and newcomers Yu Xintian and Liu Qiong.
Set in the 15th Century, the story follows soldiers who go out in search of gunpowder and come across the construction of The Great Wall of China. They learn that the Chinese are not only building the Wall to keep out invading Mongolian forces, »
- Garth Franklin
Legendary has assembled its final shooting cast for the forthcoming historical epic The Great Wall, which promises to be the largest movie production ever to shoot entirely within China. Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe and Game Of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal are all locked in to star alongside a raft of Chinese actors attached to smaller supporting roles.
The Great Wall hails from Zhang Yimou, notable for his standout works House Of Flying Daggers and Hero, who will employ a range of old and new faces for the title. In addition to its leading English-speaking trio, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Zheng Kai, Chen Xuedong, Huang Xuan and Wang Junkai are set to appear. Newbies Yu Xintian and Liu Qiong will similarly fall in line for a tale of mythic proportions.
The film takes place in 15th century China and revolves around the formation of the titular wall, »
- Gem Seddon
With filming set to begin at the end of this month, Legendary Pictures has announced the cast for the upcoming film, The Great Wall, which will be one of the largest films ever shot entirely within in China. Come inside to learn more.
I'd love to tell you more about The Great Wall, but right now we just don't have the information on what it will be about. The only description we have so far is this: "Zhang Yimou is directing the story of an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure." That's a pretty basic plot description, but we Do know who will be starring in the film, thanks to a press release that dropped early this morning. Check it out:
Legendary Pictures announced today the principal cast for The Great Wall, the upcoming film production which is set to be »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Chinese blockbuster director Zhang Yimou is no stranger to casting Hollywood A-listers in his projects since wooing Christian Bale for his 2011 epic The Flowers of War. While that film made huge bank in China, it failed to make the desired impact overseas. Zhang is hoping that his latest opus, The Great Wall, will do better internationally, packing it with stars from home and abroad.Matt Damon and Andy Lau head an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe and Games of Thrones scene-stealer Pedro Pascal, as well as Chinese star performers Zhang Hanyu (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), Eddie Peng (Unbeatable, Rise of the Legend), Jing Tian (Special ID, From Vegas To Macau), boy band idol Lu Han and a host of others, including Lin Gengxin,...
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Matt Damon has joined the cast of The Great Wall, a Chinese-set adventure with Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau and Pedro Pascal already on board. The film has been lingering in development limbo for a little while, but seems to be gaining some traction now. Zhang Yimou is directing, so expect it to look gorgeous. The story sees a group of 15th century soldiers searching for gunpowder and stumbling across the titular wall mid-build. They get more than they bargained for though, when they learn that it's not to keep just invaders out, but mythical creatures too. While I would normally be skeptical about something that sounds like it could spiral into a CGI mess, the pedigree attached to this bodes very well. Yimou knows how to do large-scale, beautiful looking movies, and Damon has a knack for picking great roles, so for now, colour us excited for The Great Wall. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
China is certainly where the money is these days. With an ever expanding box-office take each year, and more and more foreign films being allowed a release, it’s no wonder that Hollywood and the big studios want a piece of the pie. Unfortunately this has lead to a lot of needless pandering, such as Chinese exclusive scenes in Iron Man 3 and lots of behind kissing in Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Legendary, the studio behind the likes of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, look to be taking a more organic approach with The Great Wall, an American/Chinese co-production with Universal Pictures, China Film Co. Ltd., and Le Vision Pictures.
The film, directed by the incredible Zhang Yimou, sees humanity making a last stand on the titular wonder of the world against mythical monsters in 15th Century China. Yimou is most famous for his wuxia films, Hero and House Of Flying Daggers. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Legendary Pictures revealed the supporting cast for their upcoming epic The Great Wall, which will be the largest film ever shot completely in China. Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe have been confirmed to star, with the production bringing on Chinese stars Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers), Tian Jing (New Police Story, Special ID), Hanyu Zhang (Taking Tiger Mountain, The Assembly), Eddie Peng (Fleet of Time, Rise of the Legend), Lu Han (Miss Granny), Gengxin Lin (Taking Tiger Mountain, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon), Zheng Kai (Fleet of Time, The Running Man), Chen Xuedong (Tiny Times 3), Xuan Huang (The Golden Era, Blind Massage), and pop star Wang Junkai in his feature film debut.
Director Yimou Zhang has also cast newcomers Yu Xintian and Liu Qiong in supporting roles. The plot is set in the 15th Century, following soldiers who go out in search of gunpowder, »
If you cast your mind back to last September, you might recall that Matt Damon was considering starring in China-set epic The Great Wall. The film, which has had some development difficulties, has now caught a break as Damon is on board alongside Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Zheng Kai, Chen Xuedong, Huang Xuan and Wang Junkai. Zhang Yimou is directing this one, which finds soldiers in 15th century China searching for gunpowder and discovering much more. But though they initially think that the wall, still under construction, is the most amazing thing they’ll encounter, that’s only the start of it – as the structure is being put in place not to just keep out invaders, but also mystical creatures. Legendary boss Thomas Tull conceived the initial idea as part of a plan to push into global co-productions with his Legendary East arm. »
Infernal Affairs actor among final additions of cast on Us-China co-production, set to go into production at the end of the month.
The Great Wall is set to go into production at the end of the month and centres on an elite force making a last stand on the eponymous structure.
Universal has set a Nov 23, 2016 release. Le Vision and China Film Co. Ltd will distribute in China during the 2016 holiday period.
Executive producers »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
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