China Lion sets ‘1942’ domestic bow

Feng Xiaogang pic due out Nov. 30 in N. America


China Lion Film will release “Back to 1942,” the latest pic by China’s top helmer Feng Xiaogang, in North America on Nov. 30 as a day-and-date release with its Chinese mainland bow, the distrib said.

Pic stars Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins alongside leading Chinese thesps Xu Fan, Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Zhang Mo and Zhang Hanyu.

Pic is based on Liu Zhengyun’s bestseller “Remembering 1942” and tells the grim tale of a famine that ravaged central Henan province while Nationalists and Japanese troops fought during WWII.

“Back to 1942” will initially go out in limited release in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Toronto and Vancouver. Pic will open in Chicago and Seattle on Dec. 7, with future bookings to be announced.

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