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By Kevin Ma
Sun, 16 February 2014, 09:00 AM (HKT)
Production starts today in China's Zhejiang province on 3-D fantasy adventure Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal 鍾馗伏魔 雪妖魔靈.
The RMB200 million (US$33.0 million) film is based on the mythological figure Zhong Kui, a ghost assigned with capturing wayward spirits and keeping order in the afterlife. It is directed by ZHAO Tianyu 趙天宇, who made thriller Deadly Delicious 雙食記 (2007) and romance omnibus The Law of Attraction 萬有引力 (2011).
CHEN Kun 陳坤 (pictured left) will play the titular character, with LI Bingbing 李冰冰 (pictured centre) co-starring as a snow demon. The film co-stars Winston CHAO 趙文瑄, Baobeier 包貝爾 and Voice of China contestant Summer JIKE 吉克雋逸.
The film will be executive produced by Ann AN 安曉芬 and Peter PAU 鮑德熹 (pictured right). Cinematographer Pau, who worked on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍 (2000), is also serving as special effects supervisor and director of photography.
The film is set for theatrical release in China on 19 Feb 2015, the first day of the Lunar New Year.