Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains, a Chinese action film, directed by Sun Jianjun and Robert Francis, and starring Andy Lau, Chiling Lin and newcomer Jingchu Zhang, will be shot partly in Dubai. The US $20 million budget film is the first major Chinese production to be shot outside China. Dubai-based production house Filmworks, which […]
Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains, a Chinese action film, directed by Sun Jianjun and Robert Francis, and starring Andy Lau, Chiling Lin and newcomer Jingchu Zhang, will be shot partly in Dubai. The US $20 million budget film is the first major Chinese production to be shot outside China.
Dubai-based production house Filmworks, which helped facilitate productions such as Syriana and more recently, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol will be responsible for providing crew and offering all relevant production support for the film. Rental house Filmquip will be responsible for providing all equipment necessary for the production. Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains will be shot in HD.
This is perhaps the first time we will see all three of Dubais landmarks including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, and Atlantis, The Palm in one film, commented Tim Smythe, CEO of Filmworks.
There will be two production units working simultaneously in Dubai. The international crew will work under American director Robert Francis while the Chinese crew will be working with director Sun Jianjun.
Smythe reckons that there will be around 300 people working on location in Dubai including the crew and the teams that offer support, logistics and so on. Around 89% of the people who work on the production in Dubai will be from the local market while some of the key skill sets may be outsourced to international experts.
Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains will be filmed across four countries and six cities including Dubai, Hangzhou, Fuyang, Taipei, Tokyo and Milan.
Speaking about the production, director Sun Jianjun said: I hope this production will refresh visual senses of Chinese movies. A movie is a space for dreams, and it should allow people to go beyond the experience of their daily life. China’s ancient costume movies, though popular internationally, have difficulty in breaking through visually.”
Although, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains is being created by an elite Hollywood team, it will not portray Dubai from a Hollywood adventure perspective.
“In my movie, Dubai is as beautiful as heaven and as precious as a pearl. We will not describe this country with the sand, camels and dust as in Mission Impossible 4, added Jianjun.
Dubai is said to have provided some soft incentives for the production although the authorities were reluctant to comment on any concrete incentives provided for the same.
Watch our brief video interview with Tim Smythe in our videos section.