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[Movies] Columbia Pictures Enters into Chinese Co-Production Deal on The Monk
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.12.2014

Columbia Pictures announced today in an official press release that they are entering into a split-rights agreement with Chinese production companies. Among these releases will be the Chinese martial arts action movie The Monk, which has commenced principal photography.

The Monk is directed by Chen Kaige and produced by Chen Hong. The film is being shot on location in Xianghe, in China's Hebei Province. This is Columbia Pictures' second Chinese co-production shot in Mainland China after Gone With The Bullets, which is now in post-production. Gone With The Bullets is directed by Jiang Wen, based on the novel A Monk Comes Down the Mountain by Xu Haofeng.

The Monk stars Wang Baoqiang, Lin Chi-ling, and Fan Wei. The martial arts are being choreographed by Ku Huan-Chiu. Geoffrey Simpson (Under The Tuscan Sun) is the assigned cinematographer, and Animal Logic are handling the special effects. Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl) is composing the score for the film.

The story follows a young monk who is forced to leave his impoverished monastery and uses his extraordinary martial arts skills to survive in the outside world. On a search for his mentor, he meets a Kung Fu master who possesses the Book of Secrets, a book that holds the lost art of the deadly Ape Strike Kung Fu technique. A sinister father and son desire the book and will do anything to get it. The monk then finds himself in a battle to protect the book and his master.

The Monk will be released in China by New Classics Media and throughout the rest of the world, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, by Sony Pictures Releasing International. It's set for a summer 2015 release.


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