×

CANNES: Fortissimo Entranced by China’s ‘Great Hypnotist’

Picture is representative of new era of mainland Chinese genre films.

HONG KONG – “The Great Hypnotist,” on course to be one of the biggest Chinese films of the year, is set to get a global outing.

The supernatural-mystery will be represented jointly by Hong Kong’s Fortissimo Films and China’s Wanda Media, and will be given a Cannes Market screening.

Directed by Taiwan’s Leste Chen, “Hypnotist” pitches a top doctor in a psychological battle against a sexy patient who resists his methods and may indeed be trying to hypnotize him. It features “Lost In Thailand” star Xu Zheng and Hong Kong singer-actress Karen Mok.

“’Hypnotist’ is a game-changer representing a new direction in genre films for China,” said Fortissimo chairman Michael J Werner. “This film represents a continuing evolution in the global outlook of Chinese cinema by combining a commercial genre with a strong budget, great production values, and an engaging and engrossing story packaged together with stunning visuals and artistic highlights.”

It was set as one of the big releases for the May Day holiday and opened theatrically in China on Tuesday April 29. It scored $14 million over the just completed weekend, giving a one week cumulative total of some $23 million to date.

It played as the closing film of the recent Beijing International Film Festival and other festival dates are being lined up.

Production is by Tina Shi, and James Li, with Xu Zheng and Gillian Zhao as executive producers. It is presented by Jerry Ye on behalf of Wanda Media, the production and distribution arm of Wanda Group, a giant property to multiplex group which also controls the North American multiplex chain AMC Entertainment.

More Film

  • 'The Current War' Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch,

    Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult Feud in 'The Current War' Trailer (Watch)

    101 Studios has released an official new trailer for the Martin Scorcese-produced thriller, “The Current War,”  offering a glimpse into the dramatic 19th century battle over electricity that became known as the “war of the currents.” The film, which is a dramatization of real-life events, will follow the tumultuous journey of Thomas Edison, played by [...]

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Oscars: 31 Upcoming Films That Could Enter the Awards Race

    The year reaches the halfway mark on June 30, and traditionally films from the first six months have an uphill battle in the Oscar race. However, this year’s January-June crop might get a boost from the accelerated schedule: Nominations voting is a tight Jan. 2-Jan. 7, 2020. So if voters start their homework now, early [...]

  • Yesterday Movie Danny Boyle

    Danny Boyle on 'Yesterday,' Leaving 'Bond 25' and Why the Beatles Still Rock

    Danny Boyle would like to reintroduce you to the Beatles. The iconic foursome certainly needs no introduction, but in his movie “Yesterday,” which debuts June 28, the director envisions a word where nobody has heard of John, Paul, George and Ringo. That is, nobody besides Jack Malik. When the struggling songwriter, portrayed by newcomer Himesh [...]

  • Svensk Filmindustri SF Studios logo

    Warner Bros, SF Studios Expand Distribution Deal Across Scandinavia

    Warner Bros. Pictures has expanded its distribution deal with SF Studios to include Sweden and have their movies released by the Nordic major through all of Scandinavia. Warner Bros. Pictures already has a distribution pact with SF Studios in Denmark, Norway and Finland. Under the partnership, SF Studios has been handling the sales, marketing and [...]

  • Nicole Kidman Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman to Star in Ryan Murphy's 'The Prom' at Netflix

    Ryan Murphy enlisted a star-studded cast for his upcoming Netflix movie “The Prom,” an adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells are among the A-listers bringing “The Prom” to screens. “The Prom” follows a lesbian student in the fictional conservative town of [...]

  • Viktor Dvorak, Anna Geislerova Join Vaclav

    Viktor Dvorak, Anna Geislerova Join Václav Havel Biopic

    Viktor Dvorak has been cast in “Havel,” a biopic of Václav Havel, as the Czech playwright, dissident and national leader. Anna Geislerova, who starred in Oscar nominated “Zelary,” plays his wife, Olga Havlova. Jiri Bartoska, the president of Karlovy Vary Film Festival, will appear in the film as “Professor,” inspired by Czech philosopher Jan Patocka. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content