“New York, New York” and “Beautiful Accident” follow IM Global’s recent addition of “The Mermaid,” Stephen Chow’s eco-fantasy which, with $517 million, is the all-time top-grossing film from China.
“New York New York” is a romantic drama from first-time director Luo Dong that gets a mainstream China release on April 15. The picture stars in-demand Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan (“Paradise in Service,” “Monga”) and Chinese star Du Juan (“American Dreams in China”.) The story is a 1990-set piece involving a hotel concierge, a flighty female, a visa service that turns out to be a scam and a revenge trip to America when the scam unravels.
“Beautiful Accident,” directed by Ho Wi Ding, who previously directed “Respire,” is a romantic drama in the style of “Heaven Can Wait” about a woman sent back from the afterlife for a week. It boasts a powerhouse cast of top Chinese acting talent and reunites two of the stars of “Black Coal, Thin Ice.” Releasing in summer, the picture stars Guey Lun-mei (“Black Coal”), Chen Kun (“Mojin: The Lost Legend”), Wang Jingchun (“Black Coal”) and Nana Ouyang (“Beijing Love Story”).
IM Global and Huayi have had a close relationship for the past two years, and the pair have seen Chinese movies increasingly penetrate global markets.
Huayi, one of the first private-sector film companies in China, has become a major movie-centric conglomerate with operations stretching to theme parks, music and fashion. This week it announced the hiring of DreamWorks Animation alumnus Joe Aguilar to head its new Wink Animation division.