Levering the film and new media business resources of our substantial shareholders，Huayi Brothers and Tencent，we are able to invest, develop, and operate offline and online cultural and new media businesses in home and abroad.
Our first film investment, “Rock Dog”, was directed by Ash Brannon who led many animation projects including “Toy Story 2”, “Free Birds,” and “Surf’s Up”. The film was distributed in North America featuring over 2,000 screens by Lion Gate Entertainment in February 2017. “Rock Dog” won the Award for Best Animated Feature at the 13th China International Children’s Film Festival and the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 4th Silk Road International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Award for Best Animation at the 31st Golden Rooster Award.
The Group has secured 50% of the distribution right in the PRC for ‘‘Radioactive’’, which was directed by Marjane Satrapi and starring Rosamund Pike (who appeared as the Bond girl in ‘‘Die Another Day’’), Anya Taylor-Joy (the leading actress in ‘‘Split’’) and Sam Riley (the famous English actor and singer). Earlier premiered as the Closing Night Gala at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, the film is a biopic of Marie Curie, the two-time winner of the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry, and covers the important discoveries and stories of Marie Curie and her husband Pierre Curie in the early 20th century.
The Group has invested in and co-produced ‘‘Space Sweepers’’, the first science-fiction feature film project in Korea, as well as secured its distribution right in the PRC. The film is directed by Jo Sung-hee (the director of ‘‘A Werewolf Boy’’ and ‘‘The Phantom Detective’’) and is starring superstars like Song Joong-ki (the leading actor of ‘‘Descendants of the Sun’’ and ‘‘The Battleship Island’’), Kim Tae-ri (the leading actress of ‘‘The Handmaiden’’ and ‘‘1987: When the Day Comes’’) and outstanding actors such as Yu Hae-jin and Jin Seon-kyu (who featured in ‘‘Extreme Job’’ which nabbed the top spot at the Korean box office in 2019). With a production budget of KRW24 billion (equivalent to approximately HK$160 million) and the first reunion of Song Joong-ki and Jo Sung-hee since ‘‘A Werewolf Boy’’, the film is expected to become the talk of the town upon its release in Summer 2020.
‘‘Cherry’’ is an adaptation from Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical novel under the same title. It tells the story of the author who, after joining the American army in his youth, serving as an army medic in Iraq and retiring from military, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to his experience in the battlefield. He became a drug addict, and, to satisfy his desire for drugs, he degenerated into a bank robber. Arrested and confined to prison in 2011, ‘‘Cherry’’ is the publication of his writings in jail. This film is the first movie directed by the Russo Brothers (Anthony Russo and Joe Russo) since ‘‘Avengers: Endgame’’, and is starred by Tom Holland who featured in the ‘‘Spiderman’’ series.
‘‘Extinct’’ is an original animated comedy aiming for family viewing. The story involves a species of fluffy animals called ‘‘Flummels’’ living in the Galápagos Islands in the 19th Century. Op and Ed, Flummels and siblings to each other, accidentally time-travel to modern-day Shanghai and discover that Flummels will become extinct. The duo therefore decide to travel back in time and save their race by crossing swords with the ‘‘evil forces’’. ‘‘Extinct’’ is directed by David Silverman (the director of ‘‘The Simpsons Movie’’ and ‘‘Monsters, Inc.’’ who has been honoured with four Emmy Awards) and the voice cast features Zazie Beetz (who has starred in ‘‘Deadpool 2’’ and ‘‘Geostorm’’).
‘‘Moonfall’’ is a Hollywood science-fiction and disaster epic directed by Roland Emmerich, the director of ‘‘2012’’, ‘‘The Day After Tomorrow’’ and ‘‘Independence Day’’ series. A production in partnership with Centropolis Entertainment, Street Entertainment, Huayi Brothers International and the Company, the film narrates that the moon is driven out of orbit by a mysterious force and collides toward the Earth, bringing doomsday to the Earth due to gravitational imbalance. Amid desperation, a seemingly disorganized squad decides to fight the final battle to protect the Earth and humankind.
The Eight Hundred
“The Eight Hundred”, produced by Huayi Brothers, is a Chinese historical war drama film directed by and co-written by Guan Hu. The film is about the Defense of Sihang Warehouse in 1937 Shanghai during the Battle of Shanghai and the Second Sino-Japanese War. “The Eight Hundred” was theatrically released in the PRC since 21 August 2020, and its box office has already exceeded RMB2 billion within 2 weeks after open release. The Group owns a minority stake in ‘‘Eight Hundred’’.
Movie：The Eight Hundred
Movie: Space Sweepers
TV Drama: 365: Repeat the Year
TV Drama: Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life
TV Drama: Partners for Justice 2
TV Drama: SKY Castle
TV Drama: Lovely Horribly
TV Drama: Partners for Justice
Movie: The Witch
Movie: Rock Dog