Two Chinese filmmaking companies are currently negotiating with China Lion, which works closely with AMC, to acquire domestic distribution rights to the movie “The Flower of War.”
“The Flower of War” is a historical drama that was recently filmed in China and stars Christian Bale. If the deal is approved, Huayi Brothers Media Corp. and Bona Film Group Ltd will each acquire 20% of China Lion for an undisclosed sum of money. This deal will increase the number of movies China Lion exhibits in the United States and in Canada.
“This is a major milestone for both Bona and China’s film industry, as it will allow overseas Chinese to watch Chinese movies without delays, as well as open modern Chinese movies to a broader North American audience, and thereby help promote Chinese culture,” Dong Yu, the chairman of Bona, said in a statement.”
They also added,
“In the past year China Lion has broken important ground by bringing to North American audiences the very best of Chinese cinema both from Huayi and other companies. We believe their management team will continue to build Chinese distribution in the important North America marketplace,” said Zhonglei Wang, president of Huayi Brothers.”
This deal will potentially bring more Chinese-language movies to North American multiplexes, satisfying both the interests in foreign and martial arts films.