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This year’s festival, held in partnership with King’s College London, has been significantly expanded to cover the Chinese speaking world, including art, films and more from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Featuring a wide range of creative and entertaining content, the festival presents the reality of the Chinese speaking world to global audiences through imaginative conversations between moving images and art.
THe festival will include working with King’s Cultural Institute, Objects of Fantasy, the first solo exhibition for Chinese artist Wang Yuyang, at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing.
They will also be welcoming four prestigious documentary film makers: Zhou Hao from Mainland China, Wu Wuna from Taiwan and Tammy Cheung and Wong Yee Mei from Hong Kong. The works of the directors form part of a fascinating program of 29 films, almost all UK premieres, covering a wide range of topics from modern relationships through to politics, the environment and more. This year, the festival has selected its first ever animations and fiction film, offering audiences enhanced variety.
The festival runs uns from 8th May 8th to 12th June at King’s College London. For the full programme of events and to purchase tickets, see chinesevisualfestival.org.
Peter Chan’s Dragon aka Wu Xia, starring martial arts superstar Donnie Yen (Ip Man, S.P.L.: Kill Zone) (in a surprisingly dramatic role), Takeshi Kaneshiro (Red Cliff, House Of Flying Daggers, The Warlords) and Tang Wei (Lust, Caution, Late Autumn) finally comes to UK cinema’s on Friday 3 May, and now you can see why we’ve been getting so excited about this release (all be it for some time now) thanks to this UK trailer!
We’ll be bringing you an exclusive interview with the great (and very gracious) Peter Chan in the next few days… stay tuned!
As announced a few days ago, two major Chinese partners have joined the production of the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise. They are CCTV6, the Chinese Movie Channel of the national broadcaster, through its VoD platform M1905.com and Jiaflix, its exclusive content providers for Europe and the U.S.
Paramount Pictures has by this mean succeeded in establishing a cooperation agreement for Transformers 4, to be directed by Michael Bay, through which its Chinese partners require some scenes shot in China, inclusion of Chinese actors and possibly post-production by local company.
The two players will invest consequently hoping to get a proportional share in the box office revenues. A coproduction agreement shall be possible further down. A theatrical release has been announced for June 24, 2014 – both in China and the United States.
An output deal was already in place between Paramount and Jiaflix/M1905.com with 250 motion pictures provided so far. Previous installments of Transformers also included some Chinese locations and product placement by Chinese brands. But this time, collaboration goes beyond the “simple” branded entertainment.
After Looper (released on Sept. 28, 2012) and Iron Man 3 (to be released on May 3, 2013 in China and the U.S.), Transformers 4 is the third blockbuster movie to source additional financing from Chinese partners. Except, this time, DMG Entertainment has not been involved.
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