Director Peter Chan blows 1.8m yuan to fly “Wu Xia” to Cannes
Hong Kong director Peter Chan revealed that he is shelling out 1.8 million yuan (S$344,444) to charter a plane to transport the first print of his new martial arts film “Wu Xia” from Thailand to France for the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
“To save time on transit and customs, we hired a plane to ensure that the print will reach Cannes on May 13,” said Chan in a press statement on Tuesday.
The print is getting better treatment than even some of the stars attending the prestigious film festival and it isn’t even competing in any category!
However, Chan expressed that “Wu Xia”, the only Chinese film participating at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is more than just your average martial arts flick.
“Cannes is the starting point to bring the wu xia (martial arts chivalry film genre) to the world.Â This is my first wu xia film and I hope I can, starting with Cannes, bring a completely brand new world of wu xia onto the international stage,” said the 48-year-old director.