China Lion Film Distribution has acquired Ann Hui’s historical epic The Golden Era from Edko Films for release in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Australia and New Zealand. The Mandarin-language film stars Tang Wei as female novelist Xiao Hong and will be released in theaters on October 16th in Australia and New Zealand and October 17th in the United States and Canada. The film, which is the official Hong Kong selection for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its Best Foreign Language category, closed the Venice Film Festival this year and was an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Vancouver International Film Festival. The Golden Era will have its U.S. premiere in Monterey Park in Los Angeles on October 7th sponsored by Hyundai USA at the AMC Atlantic Times Square 14.
Directed by Ann Hui (A Simple Life, God of Killers, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt), the film traces the life of Xiao Hong, one of China’s most famous essayist and novelist, reflecting the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the time period. Set in 1930s China, the film uses personal accounts and the author’s own writings in piecing together a turbulent life in a turbulent time. Tang Wei, a multiple award winner for her lead role in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution as well as her starring turn in last year’s blockbuster hit Finding Mr. Right, plays Xiao Hong, with Feng Shaofeng co-starring. Shaofeng recently was in the Chinese hit The Continent and will star in the upcoming film Wolf Totem, written by Jean-Jacques Annaud and John Collee, from the best-selling novel by Jian Rong.
China Lion Film released Hui’s last film, A Simple Life, to spectacular reviews and audience reception; the film was also featured at the previous year’s Venice Film Festival, winning multiple awards for star Deanie Ip and going on to make Roger Ebert’s Top Films of the Year before his passing. Additionally, China Lion Film released Tang Wei’s last film Finding Mr. Right and will be opening up the Xu Zheng/Huang Bo-starrer Breakup Buddies this Friday, October 3rd.
China Lion Film will release The Golden Era in major metro areas throughout North America, including in select college towns, in addition to Australia and New Zealand; specific release locations will be announced on the company’s website, as well as its Facebook and Weibo soon. China Lion Film Distribution previously released But Always on September 5th, which is still in limited release.