Bladesman cuts to Easternlight
Hong Kong based Easternlight Films has picked up international rights to Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s The Lost Bladesman.
Arclight Films’ Hong Kong-based affiliate Easternlight Films International has picked up international rights to Chinese epic The Lost Bladesman, starring Donnie Yen and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong.
Yen will play one of ancient China’s most famous warriors, Guan Yunchang, as well as overseeing action sequences. The film is set during China’s “Warring States” period.
Beijing-based Star Union Skykee Film Investment Co is the lead financier on the project, which will also star Sun Li (Fearless, Painted Skin). Delivery is scheduled for autumn 2011.
Yen is currently China’s hottest action star following roles in films such as Ip Man and its sequel, Bodyguards And Assassins and Daniel Lee’s 14 Blades. Easternlight also handled international sales on 14 Blades, which grossed $21m at the Chinese box office and will be released by The Weinstein Company in North America.
Mak and Chong co-wrote the Infernal Affairs trilogy of films, which Mak also co-directed with Andrew Lau. The duo also co-wrote The Lost Bladesman.
“Following the remarkable global success of 14 Blades, Easternlight is once again thrilled to team up with the incredible Donnie Yen. He is truly one of greatest action stars ever and his global appeal continues to drive films such as these to an ever-expanding worldwide audience,” said Easternlight managing director Ying Ye.