Magazine article Screen International

Media Asia Launches Jia Zhangke Martial Arts Film

Magazine article Screen International

Media Asia Launches Jia Zhangke Martial Arts Film

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Hong Kong's Media Asia Films is launching sales on two high-profile action titles at the EFM - Gordon Chan's God Of War [pictured] and the first martial arts project from Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke.

Jia's as-yet-untitled project has Johnnie To on board as producer. Set at the end of the Qing Dynasty, it explores the turbulence amongst scholars, bandits and local officials following the abolition of the imperial examination system.

"The script touches on social and geopolitical issues, as Jia Zhangke's films usually do, but he's also a huge fan of Hong Kong-style action so this will be a martial arts genre title," said Media Asia general manager and head of sales and international co-productions Fred Tsui.

Backed by Media Asia Films, the project is expected to start shooting in the second half of this year.

Meanwhile, Gordon Chan's God Of War, starring Sammo Hung and Vincent Zhao, recently wrapped and is being lined up for release over China's National Day holiday in October. …

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