Movie a first for Ang Lee, Fo­sun Entertainment

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By HEZI JIANG in New York hez­i­jiang@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Since his hit movie Life of Pi, Ang Lee has been look­ing for ways to add di­men­sion, res­o­lu­tion and re­al­ity to the the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

His an­swer is the new film Billy Lynn’ s Long Half time Walk shot in 4K, na­tive 3D at the rate of 120 frames-per-sec­ond, pre­sent­ing the viewer with 40 times more in­for­ma­tion than a nor­mal 2K 24-frame 2D pic­ture.

The au­di­ence will be able to see tiny pieces of dirt fly­ing on the bat­tle­ground and catch char­ac­ters’ fa­cial ex­pres­sions even in mov­ing shots.

The story, based on Ben Foun­tain’s novel of the same ti­tle, fol­lows 19-year-old pri­vate Billy Lynn and his squad par­tic­i­pat­ing in a foot­ball half­time show af­ter re­turn­ing from Iraq for a pro­mo­tional tour. Through his flash­backs and emo­tional strug­gles, what re­ally hap­pened to him is re­vealed, con­trast­ing with the public per­cep­tions of the war.

“Even though peo­ple are thank­ing them, they are still pro­ject­ing their hopes and ex­pec­ta­tions on them. No­body re­ally un­der­stands how lonely they feel, how out of place and how much they love each other,” the three-time Oscar-win­ning di­rec­tor ex­plained.

“With this movie, I wanted to re­ally step into it all,” he said. “The sto­ry­telling, how we feel about each other, how we re­late to each other, how we share our feel­ings. That’s the essence. It’s about the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence and my hope is that this new im­mer­sive cinema will help take us there.”

Ang be­lieves his film, though about an Amer­i­can war and sol­dier, ac­tu­ally tells a uni­ver­sal and per­sonal com­ing-of-age story that movie­go­ers around the world will re­late to. The movie will be screened in China start­ing on Nov 11, the same day it’s re­leased in the US.

Not only a mile­stone for the di­rec­tor, Billy Lynn’ s Long Half time Walk also marks a first for Fo­sun Group, China’s largest pri­vate con­glom­er­ate that bought the for­mer One Chase Man­hat­tan Plaza for $725 mil­lion in 2013, as this film is the first prod­uct of Stu­dio 8, a ma­jor pro­duc­tion stu­dio heav­ily fi­nanced by Fo­sun.

It seems like a race is on among

The sto­ry­telling, how we feel about each other, how we re­late to each other, how we share our feel­ings. That’s the essence.”

Ang Lee, film di­rec­tor

Chi­nese busi­nesses want­ing to use Hol­ly­wood’s magic to reach their global am­bi­tions. Alibaba re­cently in­vested in Steven Spiel­berg’s pro­duc­tion out­fit, and Wanda bought a stake in Leg­endary Entertainment.

Jingyan Huang, ww man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Fo­sun Entertainment and di­rec­tor of Stu­dio 8, said that Fo­sun Group in­tends to move into ev­ery link of the film in­dus­try, from devel­op­ment to ta­lent and distri­bu­tion and cul­ti­vate world-renowned in­tel­lec­tual prop­er­ties.

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Ang Lee (sec­ond from left) poses with Jingyan Huang (third from left), man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Fo­sun Entertainment and di­rec­tor of Stu­dio 8, along with other movie ex­ec­u­tives at pre­miere of Lee’s new film in New York.

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