China’s state owned production company Chinese Film Corporation (CFC) and leading Indian film entity Eros International have teamed up for Monk Xuang Zang.
The Thursday announcement was timed with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s ongoing state visit to China. Last year, India and China signed a coproduction agreement during Chinese president Xi Jinping‘s state visit to India.
Based on a real life story, Monk Xuang Zang revolves around the Chinese monk who is credited with bringing Buddhist teachings from India to China. The film will feature Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming as the lead character. The film will be directed by Huo Jianq (A Time To Love). Xiamong made a name for himself in television shows such as The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Shanghai Bund (2007). His film appearances include Huayi Brothers’ titles such as The Sniper, The Message and Ip Man 2.
The Buddhist connection between the two countries has also been highlighted during Modi’s visit. The Indian leader was been given a tour of two significant Buddhist sites in China, the Daxingshan Temple and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which house important Buddhist relics. The pagoda has preserved rare manuscripts brought from India by Xuan Zang.
The announcement was made in Beijing in the presence CFC head La Peikang, Eros International president, business development Kumar Ahuja and SAPPRFT (State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China) vice minister Tong Gang along with Xiaoming and Jianq.
Last year, another potentially high-profile India-China coproduction, Kungfu Yoga, was announced with Jackie Chan attached to star. That project brings together Viacom18 Motion Pictures India and China’s Taihe Entertainment Corporation and Shinework Media for the action comedy to be directed by Stanley Tong. The film could reunite Tong and Chan following their earlier outings Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story and The Myth.
Chan was recently quoted by The Hindustan Times newspaper stating he was planning to shoot parts of the film in India: “Hopefully, we will start filming in autumn.”