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By Kevin Ma
Thu, 06 March 2014, 09:15 AM (HKT)
Beijing Buyilehu Film and Culture Ltd 北京不亦樂乎影業有限公司 has announced that JIANG Wen 姜文's Gone with the Bullets 一步之遙 is set for release in China on 18 Dec 2014. This week, the production company released new posters (pictured) stating the release date and a 10-second teaser featuring co-star GE You 葛優.
The director-actor's follow-up to his blockbuster Let the Bullets Fly 讓子彈飛 (2010), the new film features a new story about events surrounding a beauty pageant in 1920's Shanghai. The 3-D comedy – which has a reported budget of RMB300 million (US$48.8 million) – recently wrapped production just before the Lunar New Year holiday.
Buyilehu Film told local media that it hopes the film will represent China at the American Academy Awards next year, and that its co-production pact with Sony and its Colombia Pictures International is part of that strategy. Producer MA Ke 馬珂 also told the media that the release date gives the film the best chance of setting box office records in China.
The December release slot is one of the most lucrative of the year. Last December, FENG Xiaogang 馮小剛's Personal Tailor 私人訂製 (2013) and DING Sheng 丁晟's Police Story 2013 警察故事２０１３ (2013) made RMB712 million (US$116 million) and RMB533 million (US$86.8 million) respectively.
Gone with the Bullets is the first year-end film to announce its release date. Other films believed to be targeting a December release include TSUI Hark 徐克's The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D 智取威虎山, Jean-Jacques ANNAUD's Wolf Totem 狼圖騰 and CHEN Kaige 陳凱歌's Monk Comes Down the Mountain 道士下山.