Prominent filmmaker Zhang Yimou‘s latest movie, Home Coming, will be the first domestic Chinese film to be screened in Imax’s dual 4K laser projection system, according to China’s LeVision Pictures.
Home Coming is currently in postproduction, Zhang told a news conference in Beijing where LeVision announced its 2014 slate. LeVision CEO Zhang Zhao said Home Coming — which tells the story of a female writer’s experiences during the Cultural Revolution, a time of great ideological upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s — was the company’s top priority for the current year.
Imax recently inked a deal with property and media conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group to build 210 large-format theaters in China by 2021.
LeVision unveiled a distribution slate of 15 titles, including The Expendables 3, the next installment of zeitgeisty romance Tiny Times, and John Woo’s much-anticipated The Crossing, as well as Iceman 3D.
Zhang Zhao estimated that the releases this year will bring in around 489 million USD at the box office.
The film Home Coming, or Coming Home (Gui Lai is the official Chinese title, which actually means “return”), is Zhang’s first production since he began cooperation with LeTV Media and Technology. The story is based on Chinese author Yan Geiling’s Lu Fan Yan Shi (Criminal Lu Yanshi), marking Zhang’s second project in collaboration with Yan following The Flowers of War (2011).
Zhang began shooting the film in Beijing and Tianjin around September as he was in the midst of a controversial lawsuit surrounding his violation of China’s one-child policy. In February, Zhang apologized and paid a family planning bureau 7.48 million yuan as a penalty for breaking the policy, which many people have criticized for being “selectively enforced” and disregarded by China’s elite.