100 YARDS: Fortissimo Signals World Sales For New Wuxia Action Drama Ahead Of Cannes Market
It’s only been a year since we last heard anything on Men Qian Bao Di, but if it feels longer, you’re not alone. Director Xu Haofeng has been an enigma for me as hampered as I am by the language barrier between me and spoken Chinese dialects, but I’m awful glad that other cogs in this vast machine of cinema marketeering are working hard to help proliferate things a bit.
For this, we get 100 Yards, the latest from Xu and co-director Xu Junfeng with reports of its upcoming world sales launch at the upcoming Cannes market via Fortissimo Films, excluding North America and Southeast Asia. According to Michael Rosser at Screendaily, the film, which stars Jacky Heung (Chasing Dream) and Andy On (Ride On), has already scored presales with Splendid Film acquiring rights in Germany.
As Rosser notes, 100 Yards takes place in “1920s Tianjin, northern China, and centres on the rivalry between the son of a martial arts master and his most talented apprentice. When the old master dies, the two face off to take over his prominent martial arts academy. But rather than obey the rule of settling disputes behind closed doors, they take their fight to the street.”
Heung, who is also producer of the film, said: “For Andy and I, 100 Yards has been the most physically demanding acting experience ever. We managed to create this unique realistic martial arts style thanks to the great collaboration with director Xu and choreographer Duncan Leung (The Grandmaster).”
Now all we need is to see what’s up with The Hidden Sword and The Weary Poet and I’ll be right as rain. Oof!
Read more at Screendaily.
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