A recent article from the Shanghai Film Festival (where the Hua Yi stars coverged) talked about the Four upcoming Hua Yi “Blockbusters”, all very different in genres and styles. Two of them, I’ve already mentioned on this site. Feng Sheng/The Message and Tangshan Earthquake/Aftershocks. Despite their boring English titles, it’s clear that they were heavily funded. The third big-budget film from Hua Yi is Di Re Jie, which I’ll be talk about whenever there’s clearer pictures/footage of the cast but from concept art, it seems well-budgeted as well.
Of the three, the one that makes me question the “blockbuster” tag is Tracing Shadow , starring Jaycee Chan, Xie Na, and Pace Wu. But it’s the fun one.
Tracing Shadow Trailer (Don’t judge if you don’t know what I mean by Chinese humor, or if you’ve never seen a Chinese Odyssey film.)
For me it looks like a hell lot of fun, and is directed by Francis Ng, along with Hua Yi backing. I’m already sold.
Fun Fact: The guy playing fake “Jackie Chan” played the doctor in the tv series Jin Fen Shi Jia/Story of a Noble Family who caused the maid to go into a nunnery. He was in a Disney commercial too. That kind of resume just screams “Jackie Chan” doesn’t it?
Oh…and group picture of Hua Yi stars that were at the SIFF just bc. *cough* BOBO’s in it.