Wild City

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Wild City
Hustle2015.jpg
Theatrical poster
Traditional 迷城
Simplified 迷城
Mandarin Mí Chéng
Cantonese Mai4 Sing4
Directed by Ringo Lam
Produced by Kenny Chau
Written by Ringo Lam
Starring Louis Koo
Shawn Yue
Tong Liya
Joseph Chang
Music by Dave Klotz
Cinematography Ross W. Clarkson
Edited by David M. Richardson
Production
company
Beijing East Light Film Co., Ltd.
Oriental Fortune Culture
Beijing Airmedia Film & TV Co., Ltd.
Zhujiang Film & Media Corporation Limited
East Light Film Limited
One Cool Film Production Limited
iQlYl Motion Pictures (Beijing) Co., Ltd
Distributed by Bravos Pictures (Hong Kong)
Distribution Workshop (International)
Release date
  • 10 July 2015 (2015-07-10) (Taipei Film Festival)
  • 30 July 2015 (2015-07-30) (China)
  • 20 August 2015 (2015-08-20) (Hong Kong)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Hong Kong
China
Language Cantonese
Mandarin
Taiwanese
Box office US$22.63 million[1]

Wild City (迷城) is a 2015 Hong Kong-Chinese action film[2] directed by Ringo Lam and starring Louis Koo, Shawn Yue, Tong Liya and Joseph Chang. It was released on 30 July 2015 in China[3] and on 20 August 2015 in Hong Kong.[4] It is Lam's first feature film since 2007's Triangle.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In 2014, the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily reported that director Ringo Lam would return to directing with an investment from the Mei Ah Entertainment Group with production set to being in June.[5]

On the first day of filming, Lam collapsed due to a heat stroke. He stayed with the project to keep filming.[6] In 2014, the film's titled changed from Hustle to Wild City.[6] Louis Koo has stated, Lam insisted that the actors perform their own stunt work in the film to maintain realism.[7]

Variety reported that Lam was in post-production on the film by March 23, 2015.[8]

Style[edit]

Lam described Wild City as belonging to a "City Trilogy" along with the films City on Fire and Full Alert.[6] Lam described them as "films, that are all set in Hong Kong and are about people who are lost in the city. In Wild City the theme is about the temptation of money, and how it seduces the protagonists, but also forces them to challenge the plutocracy."[6]

Release[edit]

The first trailer was released on 23 March 2015.[9] The film is distributed by Bravos Pictures locally, while international sales are overseen by Distribution Workshop.[8]

The film premiered at the 17th Taipei Film Festival on 10 July 2015.[10][11] On the films release in China, it had had approximately 20.2% of all screenings over the weekend, and opened in third place, earning RMB57.4 million (US$9.25 million) from approximately 1.76 million admissions between Friday and Sunday.[12] The film made RMB88.0 million (US$14.2 million) over four days.[12]

Reception[edit]

The Hollywood Reporter stated that Wild City paled in comparison to Lam's films from the 1990s, noting that the "screenplay doesn't have the complexity and rich symbolism of Full Alert (1997) and Victim (1999)".[13] The review concluded that " the film is engaging enough to reignite interest in Lam".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daily Box Office > China 08/13/2015". entgroup.cn. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  2. ^ Ciampoli, Tom. "Wild City (2015)". AllMovie. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Kevin Ma (May 13, 2015). "Well Go takes three high-profile genre films". Film Business Asia. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "谜城 謎城 (2015)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Ma, Kevin (28 February 2014). "Ringo Lam to direct new action film". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d Hendrix, Grady; Fukazawa, Hiroshi (9 September 2014). "Kaiju Shakedown: Ringo Lam". Film Comment. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ Hsia, Heidi (24 March 2015). "Louis Koo: Ringo Lam insists we do our own stunts". Yahoo! Entertainment Singapore. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b Lau, Shirley (23 March 2015). "HK FilMart: Ringo Lam Makes Comeback With 'Wild City'". Variety. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Ringo Lam's WILD CITY Teaser: Watch It And Believe". Twitch Film. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  10. ^ "Wild City". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  11. ^ Ma, Kevin (May 27, 2015). "Khavn under focus at Taipei Festival". Film Business Asia. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Ma, Kevin (August 4, 2015). "New films fail to sink Monster Hunt in China". Film Business Asia. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Tsui, Clarence (2015-07-16). "'Wild City' ('Mai Sing'): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-07-29.

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