Sony Classics Releasing Zhang Yimou's Latest Project 'Coming Home'
by Alex Billington
February 18, 2014
Some developmental distribution news for the latest from Chinese filmmaker Yimou Zhang. A press release has been sent out announcing that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, a new project starring Gong Li, currently in post-production. The release says that they will distribute the film, once again extending their relationship which links back through eleven collaborations previously between "the Sony Pictures Classics team and Zhang Yimou, dating back to the 1991 Orion Classics release of Raise the Red Lantern." Read on.
Zhang Yimou's Coming Home was primarily financed by LeVision Pictures, who will be releasing the film throughout China. Wild Bunch holds the international sales agency rights, and arranged the sale to SPC. Inspired by Yan Geling's "The Criminal Lu Yanshi (Lu Fan Yan Shi)" with a screenplay written by Jingshi Zou, Coming Home is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920's to the 1990's. The IMDb synopsis reveals that it's about a Chinese man forced into marriage who flees to America, but when he returns home in the 1950's, he's sent to a labor camp. The film will be Sony Classics' sixth collaboration with Producer Bill Kong, which began in 2000 with Ang Lee's Academy Award winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This is not the same as the Spielberg-produced Yimou project. But it is his follow up to the film Flowers of War with Christian Bale, which we highly recommend.
No release date is set for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home yet, but we expect to see it sometime later in the year in 2014 after the fall film festivals or in early 2015 at the latest. We'll definitely keep an eye on this one.