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Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Heyi Pictures to Co-Produce Jackie Chan's BLEEDING STEEL


Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Heyi Pictures announced today that they will co-produce and co-finance the Jackie Chan sci-fi thriller BLEEDING STEEL, written and directed by Leo Zhang (Chrysanthemum to the Beast). Principal photography for the film is scheduled to begin in July out of Sydney. Bleeding Steel is anticipated to be the biggest budget Chinese production ever to shoot in Australia.

Chan leads an all-star cast in a story set in the future, as a hardened special forces agent who fights to protect a young woman with whom he feels a special connection from a sinister criminal gang.

The production will be Chan's first film to be shot primarily in Australia since Mr. Nice Guy was filmed in Melbourne in 1996. Additional filming will take place in Taiwan.

"We are thrilled to be working with Heyi Pictures on Bleeding Steel," said Ellen Eliasoph, President and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. "Given Village Roadshow's deep roots in Australia, the film's concept resonates strongly with us; and naturally we are thrilled to be a part of a Jackie Chan production."

President Liu Kailuo of Heyi Pictures said, "As a young film production company with great ambitions, we are delighted to partner with Village Roadshow Pictures Asia on our biggest international project to date. We look forward to working together to help Asia's most iconic star bring his supercharged magic to one of Asia's most iconic cities."

About Village Roadshow Pictures Asia Village Roadshow Pictures Asia was established in 2011 to undertake the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of films for Greater China. Village Roadshow Pictures Asia works closely with creative talent and producers, co-financiers and distributors throughout the Greater China region to identify, develop and co-produce films for release in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and, through VRPA affiliates, in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The majority of VRPA's projects are structured as Sino-foreign co-productions and filmed in Greater China. Recent releases have included Stephen Chow's Journey to the West, Leste Chen's Say Yes!, and Peter Pau's Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal. Upcoming films include Mountain Cry, Hide and Seek and Reborn, as well as Cold War 2, a release from the company's affiliate Irresistible Films.

About Heyi Pictures Launched in August 2014, Heyi Pictures is the film production company of Youku Tudou Inc., China's leading online video company. As a film company that draws heavily on online content business models, Heyi Pictures has a strong commitment to exploring innovative uses of "big data" for strategy, marketing and brand development in its film production process. Heyi aims to establish an open platform for cooperation in the film industry in order to realize and enhance commercial value. To date, Heyi Pictures has co-produced and co-financed films with total box office receipts of ¥9 billion RMB, including Surprise, Detective Chinatown, Saving Mr. Wu, The Master and 34 other films. The company's co-financed Monster Hunt earned ¥2.44 billion RMB at the box office to become the highest-grossing Chinese film of 2015.

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