Japan Release For China’s ‘Mountain Cry’ Set at Hark & Company

Japanese producer-distributor Hark & Company has acquired rights to “Mountain Cry,” the Chinese drama that was the closing gala film at the Busan film festival. Rights are handled by Fortissimo Film.

Directed by Larry Yang, the story is one of injustice in 1980s post-Cultural Revolution era China involving a man who is obliged to look after a mute woman after her husband’s violent death. Despite the hardship, Yang describes the film as fill of hope and a romance.

Originally founded by iconoclastic Hong Kong-based film maker Tsui Hark, Hark & Co is headed by veteran Japanese producer Satoru Iseki and is better known as a production company than as a distributor. Its production credits include “Era of Vampires,” and “Battle Of the Warriors.” It previously released 2013 title “Legend of the T-Dog.” It plans to release “Mountain Cry” in the third quarter of next year.

“This modest film from Larry Yang has a very powerful moving story and a message that I am confident will resonate with our audiences in Japan. The two leads are very appealing with fresh faces and great acting talent,” said Iseki.

The film came into being as a result of project markets at the Beijing and Cannes festivals and as a co-venture between Chinese production group Hairun Pictures and Village Roadshow Productions Asia. VRPA is the three year old China-based film production and investment unit of Australian conglomerate Village Roadshow, whose interests stretch from ‘Down Under’ theme parks to co-financing of Warner Bros.’ Hollywood slate.

Hairun and VRPA will jointly release the film in China next year, and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia will retain the rights for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, where it has its own distribution and exhibition affiliates.

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