Arclight Films has picked up international sales to “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal,” a 3D fantasy that is one of the most ambitious Chinese movies of all time.
The picture is co-directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau and Zhao Tianyu, and is a Desen International Media production backed by Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Asia and Wanda Media.
Made on a budget of $32.5 million (RMB200 million), it stars Chen Kun (“The Painted Skin,” “Bends”) and Li Bingbing (“Transformers 4”) in a story of a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in order to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.
The picture has one of the best releasing slots of the years and is set for mainland China release on Feb. 19, the first day of the all-important Chinese New Year holiday.
“Wanda has also joined the team as a partner on financing, distributing and marketing of this Australia-US-China co-production,” said Ann An, head of Desen. “Nothing was spared in order to ensure the delivery of the highest quality film possible, comprised of an extremely powerful team both in front of and behind the camera.” Enlight Pictures is also a co-investor and co-distributor in China.
In June last year it was announced that Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures will have a significant participation in the film’s global revenues, including those earned in Mainland China. Additionally, Village Roadshow Pictures Asia has distribution rights and will release the picture in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Warner Bros. Pictures will handle distribution in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Vietnam.
The cast also includes Winston Chao (“Eat Drink Man Woman,” “The Wedding Banquet”,) Yang Zishan (“So Young”,) Bao Bei-er (“So Young”,) and Jike Junyi (“Outcast”).