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Jackie Chan’s ‘Dragon Blade’ Set For IMAX Chinese New Year Outing

21 November 2014 5:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jackie Chan vehicle “Dragon Blade” is to be released in IMAX 3D format in China in time for Chinese New Year.

The film, which also stars Adrien Brody and John Cusack, will be remastered into the giant screen format and released by the Shanghai Film Group on Feb. 19, 2015.

IMAX also confirmed dates for the release of John Woo’s two-part epic, “The Crossing.” The first instalment will release in China on Dec. 2, and the second part in May 2015.

“Dragon Blade,” from director Daniel Lee (“White Vengeance,” “14 Blades”), follows a Roman general (Cusack) who, after crossing into China, befriends a former high-ranking Chinese official, played by Chan.

One of the most expensive Chinese films of all time, the picture is produced on a $65 million budget by Visualizer Films with Sparkle Roll Media, Huayi Brothers, Shanghai Film Group, Home Media and Entertainment, Shenzhen Tencent Video Culture Communication and China Film all set as primary investors. »

- Patrick Frater

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2 Trailers for John Woo's War Romance Epic The Crossing

20 November 2014 11:14 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Two new trailers have been released for John Woo's upcoming 2-part epic war romance film called The Crossing.  The film is set against the tragedy of a capsized ferry in 1949, and it's a story of romance, war, and disaster. The movie looks like it has a huge, sweeping epic feel to it. 

The feature was written by Melody Wang, who wrote Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and here's the synopsis:

Based on the true story of the the Taiping ferry that capsized on January 27, 1949 in the Baijie Strait (about 71 miles southeast of Shanghai, China), the film revolves around an epic love stories of three couples, played by Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei, and Masami Nagasawa.

The Crossing Part 1 opens in December 2014 and The Crossing Part 2 opens May 2015 in China. There’s no U.S. release date yet, but I hope it gets one because I want to see this movie! »

- Joey Paur

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Watch: New International Trailer for John Woo's Epic 'The Crossing'

20 November 2014 9:17 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this fall, we got a good look at John Woo's two-part romantic epic The Crossing starring Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo and more. We're still waiting to hear when the films will arrive in the United States, but the first part of this sprawling love story arrives on December 2nd in China, so one more international trailer has just surfaced. This looks like a truly massive undertaking for Woo, like a mix of Atonement and Titanic with some Saving Private Ryan thrown in there too. Is there a chance we'll see the first part of this film as one of the nominees for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars next year? It certainly looks like it. Watch! Here's the new international trailer for John Woo's The Crossing (via SlashFilm): Watch the first international teaser trailer for John Woo's The Crossing right here. The Crossing is a »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch the Latest Trailer for John Woo’s Epic Two-Part War Romance ‘The Crossing’

20 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Cutting movies in half is very hip these days. Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and now…John Woo? Yes, the director of Hard Boiled, The Killer and Face/Off made a two-parter in 2008 with Red Cliff, and he’s doing it again this year with The Crossing. An epic romance set against the tragedy of a […]

The post Watch the Latest Trailer for John Woo’s Epic Two-Part War Romance ‘The Crossing’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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China’s ‘Gone With The Bullets’ Fires Up $20M In Advance Ticket Sales: Report

20 November 2014 4:40 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Jiang Wen’s upcoming Gone With The Bullets is on its way to blockbuster status in China — a month before its release. At a press conference this week in Beijing, China.org reports it was announced that the film has already pre-sold 120M yuan ($19.6M) worth of tickets. IMAX pre-sales have also broken the midnight premiere record of 4M yuan ($653K) set by Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It’s been speculated that this film, a sequel to 2010’s Let The Bullets Fly, which made 720M yuan ($117.5M) in China and $140M worldwide, could be the one to beat Age Of Extinction’s all-time China box office record set earlier this year with a gross of $301M. But producer Ma Ke noted at the conference, “What has made us happier is we spent four years making a serious, high-quality movie. The responsibility for a domestic film shall always lie on quality at first, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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First Trailer For The Crossing: Part 1, John Woo's Romantic Epic

18 November 2014 10:01 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Director John Woo returns in true Titanic fashion with his most ambitious film project since the war epic Red Cliff in 2008. Judging by the first trailer for the two-part period drama The Crossing, it seems he spared no expense to bring his vision to the big screen. Melody Wang, the screenwriter of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution, scripted the story.Based on the true story of the Taiping ferry that capsized on January 27, 1949 in the Baijie Strait (about 71 miles southeast of Shanghai, China), the film revolves around an epic love stories of three couples, played by Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei, and Masami Nagasawa.The Crossing: Part 1 is scheduled for theatrical release in China on December 2 while...

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Set For IMAX Release (Exclusive)

8 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Woo’s 1945-1949-set epic “The Crossing” will be served up in IMAX format – but only in limited territories.

The big budget film, which stars Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Song Hye-kyo at the head of an ensemble pan-Asian cast, is the story of people’s lives ripped apart by the revolutionary period at the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Many of them are on board the steam ship Taiping which sank while taking emigrants from China to Keelung in Taiwan. The screenplay is by Wang Huiling (“Lust Caution,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.)

The film will release in the giant screen format in China (Dec. 2) and in Singapore, via Shaw Bros., on Dec 5.

“We are checking the interest of other territories,” said a spokesman for producer and sales agent Beijing Galloping Horse.

The release of the picture is a massively complicated affair as it will be »

- Patrick Frater

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John Woo's The Crossing Part 1 releases its final trailer

7 November 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Woo's The Crossing Part 1 has released its final trailer.

The two-part movie, which stars Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), centres around three couples caught up in the 1949 sinking of the Taiping steamer.

The ship was crammed well over capacity with refugees fleeing China to Taiwan after the Civil War, leading to over 1,500 deaths after it collided with a cargo boat.

Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Bowie Lam, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa also star in the film.

The Crossing Part 1 will be released in China on December 2, with Part 2 following on Chinese New Year 2015.

Western releases are yet to be announced. »

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The Crossing Part 1 Trailer: Check out John Woo’s Epic Romance Set Against the Backdrop of Revolution

6 November 2014 10:12 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It looks like leaving the U.S. in his rear-view mirror was an excellent decision for John Woo.  After making a string of flops in America, he returned to China and made the acclaimed historical epic Red Cliff.  It's been five long years since Red Cliff II, but now Woo is back with another sweeping tale.  The Crossing will be released in two parts, and is based on a true story about three couples fleeing China for Taiwan on a steamer during the 1949 revolution.  A new trailer has gone online, and it's refreshing to see Woo tackle this kind of material, and I like the grand, operatic vibe he's showing off. Hit the jump to check out The Crossing trailer.  Part 1 is slated to release on December 2nd in China while Part 2 will be released in May 2015.  The films star Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei, »

- Matt Goldberg

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing': Hot Trailer For Epic Dubbed China’s ‘Titanic’

6 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After last helming 2009’s Red Cliff II, veteran director John Woo returns to the big screen in December with The Crossing. A passion project for Woo who came to Cannes in May to talk up the Beijing Galloping Horse production, it’s been dubbed by local media as the Chinese Titanic. The two-part epic is set during the Chinese Civil War and revolves around three couples from different backgrounds whose lives are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew.

The first installment releases in China on December 2 in what is expected to be a banner month for local movies. Part II has a May 2015 date.

Melody Wang, the screenwriter of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution, penned the story. The lead cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying Daggers), Song Hye-kyo (The Grandmaster), Huang Xiao Ming »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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China Box Office Projected At $4.9 Billion In 2014, Official Says

3 November 2014 4:27 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Some estimates earlier this year put 2014’s projected box office in China at about 28B yuan, or around $4.49B. New takings cited by Wang Fenglin, VP of the Chinese Film Producer’s Association, are eyed at 30B yuan or $4.9B. That’s hardly anything to sneeze at, but would fall short of some other government projections which have previously pinpointed 30.7B yuan or $5B, a figure thought to be coveted by the powers that be in China where the film business is highly regulated. Still, according to official state news agency Xinhua, Wang told a gathering on Sunday that China is on track to overtake the U.S. to become the largest film market in the world within three years. Screens and revenue are growing at a rate of 30% annually.

In the first nine months of the year, local movies had 51.4% of the market, even though Transformers: Age Of Extinction is the No. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Unlucky Plaza,’ John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Head Singapore Festival Lineup

28 October 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – John Woo’s “The Crossing” will receive a special gala screening at the revived Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff), to be held in December.

Festival organizers Tuesday unveiled a lineup with local film “Unlucky Plaza,” a black comedy by Ken Kwek, as the opening film.

The festival’s closing film is “In The Absence of the Sun,” by Indonesia’s Lucky Kuswandi. The other gala presentation is “Chiang Khan Story,” a romance by Thailand’s Yuthlert Sippapak.

Eleven Asian films compete for the Silver Screen competition award: Pepe Diokno’s “Above The Clouds” (Philippines); Park Jung-bum’s “Alive” (South Korea); Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s “Ant Story” (Bangladesh); Natsuka Kusano’s “Antonym” (Japan); Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” (India); Yee Chih-yen’s “Meeting Dr. Sun” (Taiwan); Liew Seng Tat’s “Men Who Save The World” (Malaysia); The Maw Niang’s “The Monk” (Myanmar); Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “The Owners” (Kazakhstan); Eddie Cahyono »

- Patrick Frater

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Korean TV Hit ‘Full House’ to Be Remade in China

21 October 2014 2:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Full House,” the 2004 TV drama that made stars of Korean singer Rain and actress Song Hye-kyo, is to get a Chinese-language remake.

The show is to be produced by Korea’s Group Eight and Asia Media Holding. Korean producer Lee Min-cheol is to direct, while Jeon Gyu-ah is among the Korean producers.

The Chinese show will star Eli, a Mandarin-speaking K-pop star from the Korean six-member music act U-Kiss.

The original show, itself adapted from a romantic graphic novel of the same title, played for 16 episodes on Kbs and presented a testy three-way love triangle involving a screenwriter, an actor and a jilted friend, a home that should not have been sold off and a fake marriage that surprisingly blossomed.

The producers did not announce the female lead who would take the role originally played by Song. Filming is expected to begin in December with broadcast in 2015.

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- Patrick Frater

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China’s Huace to buy stake in Korea’s N.E.W.

9 October 2014 10:06 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China’s Huace Film & TV is buying a 15% stake in South Korean investor-distributor Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.).

The Zhejiang-based company has signed a memorandum of understanding (Mou), agreeing to pay $53m for the stake, which makes it the second biggest shareholder in N.E.W.

The two partners will also launch a joint film venture, which will develop at least two films a year for the next five years.

Huace is one of China’s leading TV producers and a minority investor in John Woo’s upcoming romantic epic The Crossing.  

Established in 2008, N.E.W. is one of Korea’s leading distributors, winning market share in the past few years from the big studios that dominate the market – Cj E&M, Showbox/Mediaplex and Lotte Entertainment.

Last year, N.E.W. was Korea’s second biggest distributor with an 18% market share thanks to hits such as Miracle In Cell No. 7 and The Attorney »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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China Packs Hollywood Pics Into October, Paving Clear Path For Local December Heavyweights (Video)

5 October 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With China‘s National Day holiday week still in swing, the box office got an extra boost this frame thanks to the timely release of Breakup Buddies, a sort of follow-up to 2012’s smash hit Lost In Thailand. Playing on half the screens in the massive market, the film grossed just under $38M in China this weekend, sending its cume since release on September 30 to about $93M. (It also went out in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand at the weekend.) The original film was arguably responsible for a reversal in China’s fortunes in December 2012, when box office share was lagging behind that of U.S. films. That year ended with Hollywood out front but Lost In Thailand made global headlines and bolstered the unofficial practice of blackout periods when no foreign studio movies are released, allowing high-profile local titles to goose box office in the People’s Republic. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Beijing delegation seeks Korean co-ventures

4 October 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has brought a delegation of companies to Busan’s Asian Film Market for the first time, including leading producers such as Galloping Horse, Stellar Megamedia and Desen International Media.

The delegation also includes Hairun Pictures, Hs Media Co, Goldsome Pictures, Forbidden City Film Co, October Days Culture Media Co and The Mirage Culture & Media. The Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) and Beijing Film Market (Bfm), which are both organised by Beijing Sapprft, are also attending the market.

Zhao Zhiyong, assistant director of Beijing Sapprft and executive deputy secretary of Bjiff’s organising committee, said a major reason for attending the market is China’s growing interest in working with Korea.

“China’s film market has grown dramatically to become the world’s second largest box office territory,” Zhao said. “Due to the fast development, we have many needs related to financing, talent and technology »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Busan: Song Hye-kyo to Reign in Desen Media’s ‘Queens’

4 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Busan — Korean star Song Hye-kyo, Vivian Wu and Shawn Dou star in “The Queens,” a contemporary Chinese rom-com in the vein of “Tiny Times” or “So Young.”

Like “So Young,” which was directed by actress Vicky Zhao, “The Queens” is the directorial debut of actress Annie Yi (“The Assassins,” “Good Men, Good Women”.)

Production is by Ann An, whose Desen Media was among the producers of “Tiny Times,” and the “Ip Man” features, and which is currently preparing a wartime epic “Moon Flower of Flying Tigers,” with Hollywood’s Paula Wagner.

“Queens,” currently in post-production, arrives at the Busan market handled by Easternlight, the specialty Asian arm of Australian-u.S. sales and production finance group Arclight Films.

The story involves three cosmopolitan women – an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager – wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. Along the way they manipulate friends, embarrass their »

- Patrick Frater

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Easternlight picks up Annie Yi’s The Queens

4 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arclight Films’ Asian label, Easternlight Films, has picked up international rights to The Queens, directed by and starring Taiwanese singer and actress Annie Yi.

Produced by Beijing-based Desen International Media, the romantic comedy also stars Korean actress Song Hye Kyo and Chinese actress Vivian Wu. Chinese release is scheduled for November 7.

The film follows three cosmopolitan women, an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager, all wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. “We want to present the mystery, desires, sorrows and pain in urban relationships”” said Desen’s Ann An. “The motto for women from the film is ‘Don’t be a slave, and don’t be a queen, just be yourself’. The characters go through the transformation from ‘being a queen’ to purely ‘being themselves’.”

Also known by her Chinese name Yi Nengjing, Annie Yi starred in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Good Men, Good Women (1995), Peter Greenaway’s 8 ½ Women (1999) and more recently »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Watch The Trailer For John Woo’s Epic Romance The Crossing

23 September 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

John Woo’s latest film The Crossing is already being billed as “the Chinese Titanic.” This is either an exciting prospect or a terrifying one, depending on how you feel about James Cameron’s hugely successful shipwreck epic. If the recent trailer is any indication, The Crossing is also lot more than a shipboard romance interrupted by a big iceberg.

The two-part film takes place in China during the 1949 revolution as three disparate couples flee the country on an ill-fated steamer bound for Taiwan. The trailer also features several battle sequences that demonstrate Woo’s love of slow-motion, along with a voiceover hoping for a safe return of some of our heroes. All in all, the trailer leaves impressions more than a sense of plot, as it’s difficult to follow who is connected to whom, and why each couple must get out of China. Based on the true story »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Crouching Tiger's Zhang Ziyi in John Woo's The Crossing trailer

22 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Woo's The Crossing has released a new trailer.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Zhang Ziyi stars in the two-part film.

It centres around three couples caught up in the 1949 sinking of the Taiping steamer.

The ship was crammed well over capacity with refugees fleeing China to Taiwan after the Civil War, leading to over 1,500 deaths after it collided with a cargo boat.

Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Bowie Lam, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa also star in the film.

The Crossing: Part One will arrive in China in December. It is yet to announce a western release. »

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