More Indian films could be headed to China.
The Daily News reports that, "the two countries have of late found the 'strategic synergies' for a co-production treaty that aims to give national status to films from both the nations, and preference for screenings and shooting locations."
3 Idiots, the biggest box office hit of all time in India, grossed $2.9 million in China.
The teaser trailer has been released for A Chinese Odyssey, an upcoming adaptation of the Chinese literary classic Journey To The West. Written and produced by (but not starring) Stephen Chow, the story follows the exploits of the Monkey King as he suffers a fall from grace in heaven.
Directed by Derek Kwok, A Chinese Odyssey stars Law Chi-Cheung, Aarif Lee, Shu Qi, Zhang Wen, Tong Liya, Anthony Wong, Huang Bo, Lee Sheung-Ching, and Chrissie Chau. The film is due for release sometime during the Chinese New Year (February 10, 2013).
The trailer has been released for Drug War (AKA Dark War), an upcoming Chinese crime thriller directed by Johnnie To. Written by frequent To collaborator Wai Ka Fai, the film stars Louis Koo as a drug dealer who is caught by police and persuaded to take part in a raid against his own gang.
Set in Jinshan, China, Ming, a cold-hearted drug dealer (Louis Koo), crashes his car into a convenience store whilst trying to escape a police raid of his drug factory. In saving his own life, he locks his wife and brother-in-law inside the factory. Police officer Lei (Sun Honglei), extremely smart and careful, offers Ming the opportunity to reduce his sentence if he assists with an undercover operation to expose his own gang. Ming chooses to help himself by betraying all his brothers, but then at the last minute he has a change of heart...
Drug War is due for release across China in December 2012.
A fourth trailer has been released for Chinese Zodiac, the upcoming Chinese action adventure written, directed by and starring Jackie Chan. The film, which has been touted as the third entry into Chan's Armour Of God series, follows a hero who is charged with recovering 12 lost national treasures.
Chinese Zodiac co-stars Kwon Sang-Woo, Yao Xingtong, Zheng Wei, Linda Weissbecker, and Vincent Sze. The film is due for release across China and Hong Kong on December 12, 2012.
Hong Kong director Herman Yau has started shooting a new suspense/horror movie entitled The Second Coming. Shot in 3D, the film stars up-and-coming Malaysian actress Joey Leong (Blood Ties) as a teenage daughter who has a ghostly encounter, forcing her family to confront their past.
The Second Coming is a Hong Kong-Singapore-Taiwan co-production that is being co-directed by Australian writer Ng Tin Chi, who also wrote the screenplay. Other cast members include Maggie Siu, Kenny Wong and Don Li.
Scheduled for release around mid-2013, the film will be distributed in Singapore and Malaysia by V Media Enterprises. Other distribution partners will be announced soon.