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.
Hong Kong's Cold War finished in first place during the week of Nov. 12-18 with $14.6 million. The cop drama also held the top spot last week. Cold War has grossed $29.1 million in China.
China Daily has compiled an excellent look at the current state of investment in Chinese movie theaters.
Foreign investors are allowed to open cinemas in China through joint ventures with local partners. Their stake cannot be more than 49 percent.
South Korea's CJ CGV plans to open 100 multiplexes in China by the end of 2015.
Cinema growth in China is staggering. By the end of 2011, the number of screens nationwide increased to 9,296 from 6,266 a year earlier, up 48.4 percent year-on-year. An average of 8.3 screens were added each day that year, according to the SARFT data.
Rise of the Guardians is off to a relatively slow start in China. Paramount estimates that the animated flick took in $3.4 million over the weekend. That puts Guardians on pace to end up closer to Wreck-It Ralph's $4.7 million opening-week debut than it does to Ice Age: Continental Drift's $20.7 million first week.
Universal estimates that The Bourne Legacy took in another $2.1 million in China over the weekend. The action flick boasts a 25-day total of $32.9 million. Legacy's international total is now $161.3 million.