Shaw readies '72 Tenants'
Story revisits, but not remakes, 1973 classicHONG KONG – After a successful relaunch with “Turning Point” which topped the summer boxoffice for Chinese films, Shaw Brothers and Television Broadcasts eyes the lucrative Chinese New Year slot with “72 Tenants of Prosperity," a follow-up to the 1973 smash hit “The House of 72 Tenants."
Starring over 100 of Hong Kong’s best known film and television actors and pop singers, including Jackie Cheung (“Perhaps Love”), Sammi Cheng (“Everlasting Regret”) and Anita Yuen (“Protégé”) in lead roles, the film demands the joint efforts of three directors – Patrick Kong (“L for Love, L for Lies”), Chung Shu-Kai (“Perfect Match”) and industry multi-hyphenate Eric Tsang, who is also the producer and star of the film.
Filming is taking place at the Shaw Studios, where the interiors of a street of Mongkok, the busiest section in Hong Kong, was recreated. “The story is not related to the ‘The House of 72 Tenants’ but both films revolve around the interactions in a neighborhood. The tenants of ‘Prosperity’ try to protect the street and to conserve the old neighborhood,” said Virginia Lok, executive producer of “Prosperity” and TVB Production Resources Division Controller.
A Hong Kong-China co-production with Sil-Metropol, the HK$20 million ($2.6 million) comedy is distributed by Shaw Brothers and will open simultaneously in China, Hong Kong and across Southeast Asia in mid-February, to coincide with the Chinese New Year holidays.