Film Business Asia reports that premiere distributor Well Go USA has pre-bought North American rights to the upcoming Chinese historical action film, The Assassins. The film stars Chow Yun Fat and is written by the screenwriter behind Zhang Yimou’s Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Directed by newcomer Zhao Linshan, The Assassins is currently in post-production.
The rights to the film are being sold by Arclight Films, a sales agency based out of Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California. In the article, the CEO of Arclight mentions that his company is producing and distributing more Asian films than any other non-Asian based company. Arclight is also selling the rights to the Chinese/Korean co-production of Dangerous Liaisons starring Zhang Ziyi; a martial arts picture called The Four; and a live-action, English-language retelling of Mulan.
Updates: Scope out a poster for The Assassins at Chinese Films. The cast and crew of the film will be making an appearance at the opening ceremony of the The Second Beijing International Film Festival on April 23. The film itself is expected to hit Chinese theaters in October. It’s set during the Three Kingdoms era with Chow Yun Fat starring as the famous military strategist Cao Cao.
We haven’t heard much about this film lately but it’s hitting Chinese theaters at the end of September and there is a new batch of stills featuring actress Shizuka Inoh in costume. At last, a trailer for this highly anticipated film. The Assassins releases in China at the end of September.
A new trailer for the film – sorry, no English subs this time. The plot involves several attempts to take the life of military strategist Cao Cao (played by Chow Yun Fat) during the Three Kingdoms era. The final poster is here, courtesy of Chinese Films. Yet another new trailer. Hey, we’re not complaining! Man, the producers of The Assassins sure are keen on advertising this movie. Here’s another new trailer.
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese Films reports that The Assassins has performed fairly well at the box office since its release two days ago. However, actress Shizuka Inoh has dropped out of her promotional obligations for the film, citing disappointment that several of her scenes were cut. Director Zhao Linshan stepped in to say that lead star Chow Yun Fat had more of his scenes cut than anyone, implying that such editing is simply a part of crafting a film.