Soi Cheang News

Simon Yam and "The Grandmaster"'s Max Zhang Join Tony Jaa and Wu Jing in "SPL 2"

12:35 AM 4/2/2014 by Senh Duong
Simon Yam and Max Zhang in "SPL 2"
Last week, while walking around the Filmart, I picked up a promotional flyer for SPL II, a sequel to Donnie Yen’s cop thriller known for its Mixed Martial Arts infused fight choreography. It’s the first collaboration between director Wilson Yip, Sammo Hung, and Donnie Yen that would eventually lead to Ip Man. SPL wasn’t a box office hit locally, grossing a measly HK $7.4M ($1M US), but it gained a following with action fans worldwide through film festivals and home video.

China Box Office: "The Monkey King" Tops Worldwide Chart with Record-Breaking $50M

10:21 AM 2/3/2014 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "The Monkey King"
Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King, starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, and Aaron Kwok, did even better than initially estimated at the box office. The latest adaptation of Journey to the West opened last Friday in China with an estimated $17M. Turns out the estimate was $3M short. The actual figure is $20M, which makes it the biggest opening day gross of all time, but with an asterix.

China Box Office: "The Monkey King" Breaks Opening Day Record with $17M

9:35 AM 1/31/2014 by Senh Duong
In my previous article, I wrote that in order for the $65M budgeted The Monkey King to break even, it would have to reach $150M at the box office in China; and the first thing it must do is break the opening day record.

"The Monkey King" Needs $150M at the Box Office to Break Even

9:16 AM 1/30/2014 by Senh Duong
The Monkey King
Chow Yun Fat, star of The Monkey King (along with Donnie Yen and Aaron Kwok), draws the line on sequel possibilities. The $65M adaptation of Journey to the West, one of the most popular novels in China, will need to gross $150M at the box office in China just to break even.

Evaluating the CGI-Infested "Monkey King" Teasers and Trailers

10:26 AM 1/27/2014 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "The Monkey King"
Costing $65M, Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King is the third most expensive movie ever made in China. Starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, and Aaron Kwok, the budget for the fantasy/action-adventure film is only surpassed by Zhang Yimou’s $100M The Flowers of War and John Woo’s $75M Red Cliff, which was eventually split into two films to better recoup its then record-high cost.
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