Back in 2008, Fist of Legend director Gordon Chan helmed an action-romance titled Painted Skin, starring Chen Kun, Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei, and Donnie Yen. The film was very loosely based on a classic short story by Pu Songling, a writer of supernatural tales during the Qing Dynasty. The same story also served as the inspiration for a 1992 Painted Skin starring Sammo Hung.
Now a sequel to the 2008 iteration is in the works with most of the cast returning except for Donnie Yen. In addition, Painted Skin 2 (AKA Painted Skin: The Resurrection) will be directed by Wuershan of The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman fame. Over at Twitch Film, you can check out some brand new character posters for the film.
Update: Full-length trailer for you to enjoy. Thanks to 24 Frames Per Second for the news
Director Wu Ershan reveals he invented the fictional ancient language that is utilized in ritual scenes during the film. The director says he feels the film will be a success at the box office because “it contains all the necessary elements required of successful commercial movies, including CGI, extreme prosthetics and an all-star cast. And most importantly, it’s a fantasy costume film.”
Chinese Films has some striking new promotional posters for the film.
For my money, actress Zhou Xun has one of the loveliest faces in all of contemporary cinema. However, for her latest movie she’s been called to bury her appearance under layers of prosthetics and make-up. “I am the first to come to the set and the last one leave,” says Xun. Chinese Films has a picture by picture look at Zhou Xun’s transformation into a fox demon. Enjoy Xun without make-up in these two steamy shots from Painted Skin: The Resurrection.
A press conference in Beijing yesterday with the filmmakers behind Painted Skin 2 revealed that the film will be released in both 2D and 3D formats in China this June. 3D visual effects supervisor Hu Xiao said, “We met with many difficulties during the production, but we are confident that the final visual effects will be on par with that of the 3-D ‘Titanic.‘”
Twitch Film has the subtitled, final trailer. Here’s some high-quality shots of Zhou Xun in crusty demon make-up from Painted Skin 2. Check out some new high-quality stills of actresses Zhou Xun and Vicky Zhao sharing a steam bath and turning into demons. Also, here is a Taiwanese poster for the film. Here’s the Hong Kong trailer for the film and a cool look at some behind the scenes concept art.
Right now the film is only screening in 3D in China but it’s already turned out to be something of a success as it earned 6 million yuan in one night, which ranks behind only Titanic 3D and Transformers: Dark of the Moon for first day grosses in the country.
A Facebook page for Painted Skin 2 states that the film will see a US theatrical release on August 17th, 20012, although there’s no word of a distributor yet.
BREAKING NEWS: Well Go USA has updated their website with theater listings for the film, which opens August 17th in NY, CA, and Ontario. Don’t forget: a new trailer for the film’s US release is now online. And the film has broken box office records in China with a gross of 685 million yuan (US$ 107.1 million).