The world preem of Feng Xiaogang’s $10 million war pic “Assembly” opens the Pusan Film Festival on Thursday, and the popular Chinese helmer hopes his tale of sacrifice during the Chinese Civil War will have broad appeal across the region.
Pic stars Zhang Hanyu, who played a cop in Feng’s “A World Without Thieves,” and is jointly produced by South Korea’s MK Pictures and China’s Huayi Bros., who were also involved in his previous outing, “The Banquet.”
“Assembly” is about a soldier trying to gain recognition for comrades who died in 1948, at a turning point in the civil war between the communists and the nationalist forces of the Kuomintang (KMT).
Feng hopes that the film’s pan-Asian credentials — coin from China and South Korea as well as Korean special effects — will help secure wide appeal in the continent.
“Even though ‘Assembly’ is a Chinese war drama, a good story should have no cultural barriers,” Feng said.
Feng is a big name in China, popular with local auds for domestic hits such as “Big Shot’s Funeral” and “Cell Phone.” “The Banquet” was aimed at gaining a wider aud for the helmer but failed to capture international attention.
International distribution of “Assembly” is by Huayi Bros. and Media Asia.