By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire May 11, 2011 at 3:10AM
Samuel Goldwyn has snatched U.S. distribution rights for "Sacrifice" from Chinese director Chan Kaige ("Farewell My Concubine"). The film, which screened at this year's Berlinale, is based on the play "Orphan of Zhao," tells the story of a Yuan dynasty-era general who massacres his rivals enemy, leaving just the family's newborn child. A doctor takes on the orphaned child as his own.
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SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS’ SUCCUMBS TO ‘SACRIFICE’ LATEST FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR CHEN KAIGE PLAYED BERLIN AND IS BASED ON THE FIRST CHINESE PLAY KNOWN IN EUROPE
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New York, NY (May 11, 2011) – Samuel Goldwyn Films is proud to announce that the company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to SACRIFICE from critically acclaimed director Chen Kaige (FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE, FOREVER ENTRALLED). The sweeping action drama debuted at the Berlin Film Festival where Peter Goldwyn, VP of Acquisitions, first saw it.
A story of epic revenge, SACRIFICE focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to mold him into his own instrument of retribution.
Produced by Chen Hong and Qin Hong, SACRIFICE stars Ge You (FAREWELL MY CONCUMBINE) and Wang Xue Qi (FOREVER ENTRALLED) and is based on “Orphan of Zhao” by Ji Jun-Xiang and is set during the Yuan Dynasty. It is the first Chinese play known in Europe between the 8th and 5th Century B.C., also known as the Spring and Autumn period in China’s history.
SACRIFICE was number one at the Chinese box office for more than two weeks when it opened in December and has already taken in more than $30 million. Goldwyn will release the film later this year.
“I was completely mesmerized by this film – the action, drama and setting were captivating. It is beautifully directed by Chen Kaige with extraordinary performances by Ge You and Wang Xue Oi. As soon as I watched it, I knew we had to have it” says Goldwyn.
Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal with Gary Hamilton and Lina Marrone from Arclight Films’ specialty Asian label entitled Easternlight Films headed by Ying Ye Best.