Press Release from IMAX Corp.
BEIJING, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Bona Film Group (Nasdaq: BONA), a leading film distributor in China, today announced that the 3D martial arts motion picture Flying Swords of Dragon Gate will be released in China, in the immersive IMAX 3D format beginning Thursday, December 15. The film will be released on 61 digital IMAX screens across China. Throughout its theatrical run, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate will represent the only native Chinese film playing within the IMAX network.
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate: An IMAX 3D Experience is the first Chinese-language feature production to be released in IMAX 3D. The film reunites renowned director Tsui Hark with his Once Upon a Time in China leading man, Jet Li, and also stars Zhou Xun, Aloys Chen Kun, Kwai Lun-Mei, Li Yuchun and Fan Xiaoxuan.
"As the first-ever 3D Chinese feature film, this motion picture represents an important milestone in the Chinese film industry," said Dong Yu, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bona Film Group. "We are proud to partner with IMAX to present a stunning cinematic experience that will transport fans into the intensity and action of Tsui Hark's epic martial arts tale."
"Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a great culmination of our 2011 film slate and we could not think of a better way to end the year than with this powerful film," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "As our theatre network in China continues to grow, so does the demand for local-language films to be presented in IMAX. Today, we are delighted to join forces with Bona Film Group and offer Chinese movie-goers what they want – the best in Chinese film in the most immersive format available."
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate: An IMAX 3D Experience will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
About Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Chow Wai-On, a Ming Dynasty general played by Jet Li, finds himself at odds with Yu Hua-Tian (Aloys Chen Kun), an evil, power-hungry eunuch. Eventually, these two adversaries cross paths with Lin Yan-Qiu (Zhou Xun) at the titular Dragon Gate Inn, a remote outpost in the desert at the very frontier of the kingdom.
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX theatres across China beginning December 15:
Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.
About IMAX China
IMAX (Shanghai) Multimedia Technology Co., Ltd. (IMAX China) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is formed under the laws of the People's Republic of China. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX's business throughout Greater China.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX theaters deliver the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of September 30, 2011, there were 583 IMAX theatres (441 commercial multiplex, 23 commercial destination and 119 institutional) operating in 48 countries.