Hollywood Descends on China for Beijing International Film Festival
Keanu Reeves will debut the trailer for "Man of Tai Chi," while LucasFilm's Kathleen Kennedy is expected to announce a "big cooperation deal" with a Chinese company.
by Clarence Tsui
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HONG KONG – Hollywood’s love affair with China – or at least the longterm business opportunities the country presents – will be in on full display in Beijing this week, as major U.S. studios descend on the Chinese capital to shop projects, sign agreements and show films during the film market at the city’s third annual international film festival, which began its eight-day run Tuesday.
Keanu Reeves will unveil the trailer of his Village Roadshow-backed U.S.-China co-production, Man of Tai Chi, at a press conference during the market on Saturday. The film, Reeves' directorial debut, was shot mostly on location in China, with dialog in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, and features Reeves (as the villain) opposite Tiger Hu Chen in the lead role, as well as Hong Kong actor Karen Mok and Indonesian martial arts star Iko Uwais (The Raid).
Reeves himself will then appear on Sunday alongside Twentieth Century Fox co-president Paul Hanneman, French filmmaker Luc Besson, Beijing Galloping Horse vice-president Ivy Zhong and Hong Kong producer-director Peter Chan in another panel on film co-productions.