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September 25, 2006

AFTER THE BANQUET...THE ASSEMBLY!

Feng Xiaogang is, apparently, raking in the bucks across Asia. His Zhang Ziyi movie, THE BANQUET, sucked up 40 million yuan in China on its opening weekend, coming within 9 million yuan of DRAGON TIGER GATE's total box office takings. Up until now, DTG has been the number one Chinese movie in China in 2006 but it seems almost inevitable that THE BANQUET will kick its butt and take the number one place, then prance around the ring pumping its fists in the air and shouting, "Number One! Number One!"

Feng is already prepping his next movie THE ASSEMBLY which is set to start shooting on October 6 (with a US$10 million budget) and with a planned release for late 2007. The movie is a war flick set during the end of China's civil war and the start of the Korean War about a commander who is ordered to fight until he hears the assembly call...but the call never comes. Fight! Fight! Fight! Ack, everyone dies. Oh, the humanity!

Feng is a big fan of Korea's giant war film, TAE GUK GI, and he went to that movie's director, Kang Je-Gyu, and asked for advice. Kang turned Feng over to his production company, MK Pictures, who will be handling special effects, make up and cinematography for the war scenes.

September 25, 2006 at 10:26 AM in News | Permalink

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