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New trailer & poster for ‘Journey to China 3D’

Check out the first international trailer (in Russian no less, so it’s pretty to look at but whether you’ll understand anything remains to be seen, or rather heard…) and poster for director Oleg Stepchenko’s fantasy adventure Journey to China which features an eclectic cast, including: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Rutger Hauer, Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng and Yuri Kolokolnikov.

The English traveler Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons – the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would
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First poster and trailer for Journey to China starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan

The first international trailer and poster have arrived online for director Oleg Stepchenko’s rather bizarre looking fantasy adventure sequel Journey to China which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Rutger Hauer, Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng, and Yuri Kolokolnikov; check them out below…

The English traveler Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons – the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time – a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands?
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First Quick Teaser for Wacky 'Journey to China' with Schwarzenegger

This looks very weird. A very short teaser trailer has debuted online for a film titled Journey to China, for short, though it goes by many names. This film is actually Viy 2, a sequel to Viy (from 2014), also known as Forbidden Empire - a fantasy adventure movie set in a cursed Romanian forest. This sequel goes by other titles including: Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask, The Mystery of Dragon Seal: The Journey to China, or just simply Viy-2. The plot involves English traveler/cartographer Jonathan Green journeying to China and falling into a fantastical adventure. The film's peculiar cast features Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Rutger Hauer, Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng, Yuri Kolokolnikov. Schwarzenegger is playing James Hook, but I don't even know what's going on. Maybe the full-length trailer will reveal more. Here's the first international trailer (+ poster) for Oleg Stepchenko's Journey to China, from
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Disney's Mulan Remake Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Lead Role

Disney's Mulan Remake Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Lead Role
Disney has finally found their leading lady for the live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic Mulan, with Chinese actress Liu Yifei coming aboard as the title character. The actress, who has also been known as Crystal Liu, has been selected after a year-long, worldwide casting search was conducted by the studio, which came after Disney promised an all-Asian cast back in October 2016. It seems that the studio is living up to that promise, but this new report reveals that it was quite an exhaustive search to find the right actress to play Mulan.

This report reveals that Disney enlisted five different casting directors who scoured the globe, who visited five different continents and saw over 1,000 actresses for the role. Among the primary requirements for the role were demonstrable martial arts skills, proficiency in the English language along with that intangible "star quality" that the studio has found in Liu Yifei.
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Warner Bros. Retitles Prehistoric Shark Movie to ‘The Meg’

Warner Bros. Retitles Prehistoric Shark Movie to ‘The Meg’
Warner Bros. Pictures has retitled Jon Turteltaub‘s (National Treasure) prehistoric shark thriller Meg to The Meg, Bloody Disgusting learned. Starring are Jason Statham (Spy, Furious 7, The Expendables films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message). “A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled […]
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Hong Kong goes West - When Hong Kong film makers attempt to break the Western market - part 5

2010’s In my previous article there was a comment regarding a film that I had left out. I apologise in advance if there are any films that I miss out. This may be due to me simply forgetting or just not seeing a particular film. After the Forbidden Kingdom, Jackie Chan would return to Hong Kong to work on Director Derek Yee’s Shinjiku Incident (2009). A total change of pace for Chan, with a purely dramatic role, it seemed it was a step in the right direction for the ageing action star. Unfortunately Chan’s next leading role would be in the family movie The Spy Next Door (2010), which is not only Chan’s poorest American made film, but one of the poorest of his career....

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New August 2018 Release Date for Massive Shark Movie Meg

It's capable of bringing down a T-Rex in prehistoric times, so just imagine the meal it could have with a modern-day menu. The massive Megalodon shark from Steve Alten's 1997 novel, Meg, will finally come to life on film via Warner Bros., but viewers now have a bit longer of a wait to see the ultimate apex predator make its splash on the big screen.

Multiple sources, including Variety, report that Meg will now be released in theaters (in 3D and IMAX) on August 10th, 2018, moving it several months from its previous March 2nd slot.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas, National Treasure) and featuring a cast that includes Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose, filming on Meg began last October in New Zealand, with shooting on the project also being done in China.

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Cine-Sunday: ‘Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame’ Review

Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Catrina Lau, Lee Bingbing, Deng Chao | Written by Chen Kuofu & Lin Qianya | Action Director: Sammo Hung | Directed by Tsui Hark

Review by Baron Fortnightly

“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”

Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a 2010 Chinese martial arts/whodunit movie based on the Chinese folk hero and celebrated Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, otherwise known as Judge Dee
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Film Review: Matt Damon in ‘The Great Wall’

Film Review: Matt Damon in ‘The Great Wall’
Commanding China’s most expensive production, with probably the biggest input from Hollywood talent ever, blockbuster Chinese director Zhang Yimou capably gives period fantasy-action “The Great Wall” the look and feel of a Hollywood blockbuster, but his signature visual dazzle, his gift for depicting delicate relationships and throbbing passions are trampled by dead-serious epic aspirations.

Those who ranted against the project as another case of Hollywood “whitewashing” in which Matt Damon saves China from dragons may have to bite their tongue, for his character, a mercenary soldier who stumbles into an elite corps fighting mythical beasts, spends the course of the film being humbled, out-smarted, and re-educated in Chinese virtues of bravery, selflessness, discipline, and invention. In between the cultural cheerleading, there are some highly watchable war and monster spectacles, though none so original or breathtaking as to stop one from associating them with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or its imitators.
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New image of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan in Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask

Back in November it was announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan would be appearing in supporting roles in the Russian-Chinese fantasy adventure Viy-2 (the follow-up to Viy, a.k.a. Forbidden Empire), and now we have a first still of the two action icons in the film, which has since been renamed Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask…

The English traveler Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China.

The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons – the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again?
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan Team Up in Journey To China: The Mystery Of Iron Mask Trailer and Images

Like our founder and editor Todd Brown, I am obsessed with, and flummoxed by, the troubled history and ongoing weirdness surrounding Russia's modern adaptation of Viy. Ten years in the making, the film finally got released last year under the international title Forbidden Empire, and, while it was a fun film full of whimsy and wonderful creatures, it was, by all accounts, something of a disaster all in. Except, maybe it wasn't?  Earlier in 2016 it was announced that Viy-2 was rushing into production with the aid of Chinese funding and two massive stars on board, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan. Fantasy regular, Jason Flemyng also returns to reprise his role as cartographer Jonathon Green along with Rutger Hauer.  Here's where it gets weird again. If...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan To Fight Chinese Creatures In a Russian Horror Movie

Considering it seems like every single action star from the '80s and '90s eventually wound up battling in a movie together, it's a bit surprising that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan only barely crossed over in the PG-rated, family adventure comedy Around the World in 80 Days. But now they're getting a second chance together, and in a totally unexpected way. Variety reports they're both joining Rutger Hauer in Viy-2, a sequel to a Russian horror/fantasy movie that's set in China but stars British actor Jason Flemyng. Film production in 2016 is unpredictable, to say the least. We don't yet know how the former Governor of California and the man who has broken seemingly every bone in his body fit together in the movie, but...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan Team for Fantasy Adventure Viy-2

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan Team for Fantasy Adventure Viy-2
The Russian fantasy sequel Viy-2 has added some box office firepower with the addition of two huge international stars. Arnold Schwarzengger and Jackie Chan have been confirmed to join the cast, which also includes Rutger Hauer and Jason Flemyng, the latter of which starred in the original Viy. The first film was never released theatrically in the United States, but it did get a DVD release last summer, under the title Forbidden Empire.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan's casting was confirmed by producer Alexey Petrukhin. The supporting cast also includes Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Christopher Fairbank (Guardians of the Galaxy). Variety reports that production has already wrapped in China, with post-production currently under way.

The original Viy is set in the early 18th Century, following cartographer Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) undertakes a scientific voyage from Europe to the East.
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First Meg Photo Has Jason Statham Ready to Fight Sharks

First Meg Photo Has Jason Statham Ready to Fight Sharks
Principal photography is underway in New Zealand on the science fiction action thriller Meg, being directed by Jon Turteltaub (the National Treasure movies, Last Vegas). The film stars Jason Statham (Spy, Furious 7, The Expendables films). Award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message) has been set to star opposite Statham. In addition to New Zealand, filming on Meg is also being accomplished on location in China.

A deep-sea submersible-part of an international undersea observation program-has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific...with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew-and the ocean itself-from this unstoppable
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Filming Starts on Massive Shark Movie Meg, Starring Jason Statham

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The modern-day world meets a prehistoric threat from below in the massive shark thriller Meg (based on Steve Alten’s novel of the same name), which recently began filming in New Zealand with a cast that includes Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, and Cliff Curtis.

Press Release: (October 12, 2016 – Burbank, CA) – Principal photography is underway in New Zealand on the science fiction action thriller “Meg,” being directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”). The film stars Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films). Award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) has been set to star opposite Statham.

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out,
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Filming Has Begun For Sci-Fi Film Meg Starring Jason Statham And Li Bingbing

Principal photography is underway in New Zealand on the science fiction action thriller Meg, being directed by Jon Turteltaub (the National Treasure movies, Last Vegas). The film stars Jason Statham (Spy, Furious 7, The Expendables films). Award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message) has been set to star opposite Statham.

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that,
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‘The Revenant’ Exec Producers Form Facing East, Back ‘Inversion’

‘The Revenant’ Exec Producers Form Facing East, Back ‘Inversion’
Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee, exec producers of “The Revenant,” have formed production-financing company Facing East and are backing sci-fi adventure “Inversion.”

The company, which plans three to four major productions every two years, is based in Beijing and Hong Kong. It announced Friday that “Inversion” has attached Peter Segal as director with Segal working on the screenplay with “Casino Royale” scribe Paul Haggis.

Principal photography is set to commence in August. The story follows a street-wise American con man and a young Chinese physicist as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity.

Michael Nozik is also set to produce, with the screenplay credited to Bragi Schut, David Arata and Paul Haggis. Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited has been handling pre-sales and will sell the film in Cannes next week.

The Revenant” grossed $60 million in China. Barmettler and Lee have also been involved in “Cloud Atlas,
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Facing East (Hong Kong) Limited boards 'Inversion'

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Facing East (Hong Kong) Limited boards 'Inversion'
The Revenant executive producers Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee have launched the Hong Kong and Beijing-based producer-financier.

The executives, who between them have been involved in more than 20 productions including Forbidden Kingdom and Cloud Atlas, were instrumental in developing the multi-film agreement between Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Company, Catchplay Inc. and New Regency.  

Facing East has a profit participation position in the upcoming Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell, as well as The Revenant, and aims to produce three or four large features every two years, with support from Hsbc and unspecified Chinese financial institutions.

The first of these is Foresight Unlimited sales title Inversion (pictured), a sci-fi epic that Peter Segal will direct and aims to shoot in August. Segal is writing with Paul Haggis.

Foresight chief Mark Damon and his team have concluded a number of pre-sales and head to the market to clear up remaining rights.

Among the Facing East development slate is Chinatown
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Viy 2 Heads To China, Recruits Jackie Chan

The fact that Oleg Stepchenko's Russian ghost story Viy exists at all is something of a minor miracle. Roughly a decade from the release of the first teasers to the film actually reaching completion it was the near definition of a troubled production, tearing through multiple production companies, suffering massive cost over runs, and being extensively rewritten and reverse engineered more than once through production until it finally ended up as an international period fantasy with Charles Dance and Jason Flemyng in the lead role. And after having survived the experience Stepchenko is doing the natural thing: He's making another one. He's heading to China to do it. And he's added Jackie Chan to the mix. Flemyng returns as cartographer Jonathon Green, packed up by...

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Viy 2 Heads To China, Recruits Jackie Chan

The fact that Oleg Stepchenko's Russian ghost story Viy exists at all is something of a minor miracle. Roughly a decade from the release of the first teasers to the film actually reaching completion it was the near definition of a troubled production, tearing through multiple production companies, suffering massive cost over runs, and being extensively rewritten and reverse engineered more than once through production until it finally ended up as an international period fantasy with Charles Dance and Jason Flemyng in the lead role. And after having survived the experience Stepchenko is doing the natural thing: He's making another one. He's heading to China to do it. And he's added Jackie Chan to the mix. Flemyng returns as cartographer Jonathon Green, packed up by...

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