Press Release

Emperor Motion Pictures Press Conference 2017

2017-03-14

Covering the full range from comedy to suspense to horror and even sci-fi, Emperor Motion Pictures announced its new slate of blockbusters at a press conference during the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) 2017.

In keeping with EMP's tradition of producing multi-genre entertainments utilizing Hong Kong's top talents both in front of and behind the camera, the roster of eight new features includes an array of award winning stars like Simon Yam, Kara Wai, Anthony Wong, Louis Koo, and directors Benny Chan and Herman Yau.

Yau displays two sides of his cinematic personality with two features belonging to different genres. 77 Heartbreaks teams Charlene Choi (of pop duo Twins) with heartthrob Pakho Chau in a romcom exploring the 77 breakup of his "Adam" and her "Eve". The film will open the section of “I See It May Way” of the 41st HK International Film Festival in April.

Director Yau, famous for his tales from the dark side, reunites with acclaimed actor Anthony Wong for The Sleep Curse, co-starring Michelle Wai in a shocker about a beautiful ghost from World War II wreaking vengeance upon the son of the collaborator who hacked her twin sister to death. It is included in the 41st HK International Film Festival “Midnight Heat” and the 19th Udine Far East Film Festival next month.

Michelle Wai is in a considerably more light-hearted mode in Father vs Father-in-Law, Under the direction of romcom master Patrick Kong, Michelle sparkles as a cardiologist who saves the life of perpetual bachelor Simon Yam and at the same time steals his heart -- but not without complications.

The 2017 EMP line-up contains plenty of action as well. Cold Detective is director Wai Ka-fai's spiritual follow-up to Mad Detective, his internationally acclaimed partnership with Johnnie To starring Sean Lau Ching-wan. Once again with Sean at the center, the suspense focuses on a long-dormant cold case committed by an assassin nicknamed "Super Sleuth" and the race between rival sleuths to uncover the killer's identity before he strikes anew.

"Best New Director" winner Derek Kwok is on hand with Schemes in Antiques, a Beijing-based mystery revolving around a Ming Dynasty Buddha relic enmeshed in a tangled web of murderous plots and schemes.

Dirty on Duty marks the first collaboration between EMP and director Jeff Cheung Ka-kit (scriptwriter of the award-winning Johnnie To production Life without Principle). Headlined by screen idols Alex Fong and Carlos Chan, it's a gritty Macao-set thriller in which five cops accused of corruption find themselves caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between drug lords and unscrupulous officers.

Following the acclaim garnered by At the End of Daybreak, Malaysian director Ho Yuhang reteams with "Best Actress" Kara Wai for Mrs K. Kara is the title character, a seemingly ordinary housewife whose life takes a violent turn when the arrival of a stranger forces her to confront her decidedly extraordinary past. Simon Yam and rock star Wu Bai round out the cast. The film was screened at different film festivals including Busan, Singapore and just opened the 12th Osaka Asian Film Fesival. It is also invited by the 19th Udine Far East Film Festival in April.

Benny Chan, perhaps best known for his many action pictures starring Jackie Chan, enters an entirely new universe with Meow. Imagine if our pet cats turned out to be aliens from a far-away feline planet. Well, that's exactly what Louis Koo and Mary Ma discover in this sci-fi family film with a very human heart.


ABOUT EMP

Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) was established in 2000 with a focus on the production, sales and distribution of quality motion pictures. Since then, EMP has grown into a leading player in the Chinese film production and distribution scene with one of the most active production schedules in the region.

In addition to producing award-winning movies and popular television dramas, EMP also distributes top Hollywood and Asian productions, as well as investing in both Asian and Hollywood productions.

Among the award-winning and critically-acclaimed movies produced and distributed by EMP are: Kara Wai’s ‘Happiness”, Dante Lam’s “To The Fore”, Donnie Yen’s ‘Kung Fu Jungle’, ‘Shaolin’, ‘Stool Pigeon’, Jackie Chan’s ‘The Myth’ and ‘New Police Story’, ‘The Sun Also Rises’, ‘The Twins Effect’, ‘The Twins Effect II’, and ‘The Medallion’.

EMP was also an active investor in and distributor of some of the top bestselling movies in mainland China: Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Aftershock’, Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin’s ‘The Founding of the Republic’ and ‘Beginning of the Great Revival’, as well as the China film legend Jiang Wen’s record-breaking ‘Let the Bullets Fly’, which ranks as the nation's top Chinese language box office hit.

In 2007, EMP also made its first foray into the world of Hollywood blockbusters with a significant investment in ‘W’, for which director Oliver Stone won an Academy Award.

EMP has built a library of quality feature films and handles its own sales and distribution through an international network of distributors and licensees. Also in 2007, EMP joined forces with various local partners to distribute a slate of hits which include the Oscar-winner ‘Departures’, ‘Sex in the City: The Movie’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Now You See Me’ franchises.

With an eye on the mainland Chinese market, EMP set up its first office in Beijing in 2007. EMP launched its first cinema in Foshan, Emperor UA Vivo City, under a joint venture with UA Cinemas in 2014. EMP’s wholly owned Emperor Cinemas opened in Hefei in December 2015. Together, in mainland China, 5 Emperor Cinemas and Emperor-UA Cinemas are now currently in operations, with 5 additional cinemas slated to launch by the end of 2017. Furthermore, EMP will open its first Hong Kong cinema in 2017 in Entertainment Building, in the heart of the city's Central District.

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