Imax Adds Jackie Chan's 'Dragon Blade,' John Woo's 'The Crossing' to China Release Slate

Jackie Chan TIFF arrivals - P 2013
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Jackie Chan TIFF arrivals - P 2013

The Chinese-language films from top Hong Kong stars will screen in 3D

Imax on Friday added the Jackie Chan-starring action-adventure film Dragon Blade and John Woo's two-parter The Crossing to its China film release slate.

Both movies will be digitally re-mastered in a 3D format and released by Le Vision on Imax screens in China. Woo's The Crossing, dubbed the Chinese Titanic and produced by Lion Rock Productions, will have its first part released on Dec. 2, with the second part set to hit theaters in May 2015.

The Crossing, with a $40 million budget and starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Ziyi Zhang is financed by four Chinese movie studios: Galloping Horse, Le Vision, China Film Group and Huayi Brothers. Set during the revolutionary period of 1949, The Crossing tells the story of three doomed couples from Mainland China who board Taiping, an ill-fated ship bound for Taiwan.

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As Imax expands its screen count in China and screens both Hollywood movies and Chinese titles, the giant-screen exhibitor has also added Dragon Blade, starring Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, to its local film slate. The historical epic will be released by Shanghai Film Group Corporation in Imax theaters in China on Feb. 19.

Directed by Daniel Lee, Dragon Blade is inspired by a missing legion of Roman soldiers who traveled into China in 48 B.C. "Our dedication to bringing unparalleled cinema to China by partnering with the best filmmakers and celebrated actors such as Jackie Chan is paramount to the vision here at Imax," said Imax CEO Richard Gelfond in a statement on Friday.

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Chan worked with Imax on earlier releases CZ12 and Police Story 2013. "The Chinese film industry is growing rapidly and, as such, Chinese audience expectations are also increasing. That's why Imax's participation in China is very important," the Hong Kong action star said in his own statement.

Visualizer Films produced Dragon Blade, with Sparkle Roll Media, Huayi Brothers, Shanghai Film Group, Home Media and Entertainment and Shenzhen Tencent Video Culture Communication on board as investors.