How do you follow “Operation Mekong” and “Operation Red Sea,” two of China's biggest hit films in recent years?For Dante Lam, who directed those two movies, it's not by further cranking up the body count or delivering yet more on-screen patriotism. Instead, he and producer Candy Leung are now working on one of the costliest films in Chinese history, “The Rescue,” a thriller with four massive action sequences that each could drive a movie like “Deepwater Horizon” or “xXx.” The...
With multiple, related businesses ranging from property development and textiles to entertainment, Peter Lam is a colorful Hong Kong tycoon, beloved by local tabloid newspapers. With horse racing, fast cars and cigars (he owns a smoke shop) among his personal preferences, ownership of the Media Asia film production and distribution group is guaranteed to keep him in the headlines.
But Lam is also a potent force in the entertainment and leisure sectors. He was appointed by the Hong Kong government as chairman of its Tourism Board in 2013. And, while obituaries for the Hong Kong movie industry have been written many times, Lam has kept Media Asia going as a reliable source of quality, Chinese-language commercial films. It doesn’t hurt that within Lam’s Media Asia-Lai Sun-eSun-Lai Fung nexus there are significant talent management and music promotion businesses as well.
The group added a new anchor when e-Sun snapped up Hong Kong’s Intercontinental cinema chain from Japan’s Kadokawa in 2013. And Lai Sun is currently working with Lionsgate to build a “Hunger Games” immersive experience in Zhuhai, China, just across the border from global casino capital, Macau. Expect more headlines when that opens in 2018.