My Kingdom comes to Celestial
Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has begun production of its first feature film. The move ends years of false starts and missed deadlines.
Filming is now underway in Shanghai on My Kingdom, a RMB70 million ($10.5 million) martial arts epic under the direction of Gao Xiaosong.
The 1920s story is set in the world of Chinese opera and sees two brothers in a quest for fame, love and revenge.
Celestial, which is owned by Malaysia’s Astro All Asia group, began in the middle of the decade by acquiring and restoring much of the 760-title Shaw Brothers film library. Since then it has launched three TV channels and licensed the movies to TV and home entertainment platforms around the world, but its attempts to refresh the library by moving into production have been largely abortive.