The 31st Fantasy Film Festival will take place in selected German cities from September 6th to October 1st, 2017. The annual film spectacle is a highlight for all fantasy and sci-fi film lovers, who get the chance to see rare independent productions here. Jackie Chan fans will get their money’s worth this year.
What is wrong with Splendid Film, the German Jackie Chan label par excellence? First Koch Media secured the rights to Jackie Chan’s sequel to “The Myth” from 2005 called “Kung Fu Yoga” (2017), then the German distributor shines with the first Blu-ray release of “The Prisoner” (1991) including the much sought-after Taiwanese long version. And now Koch Media is leasing another Chan blockbuster from the Cologne film label Splendid Film: “Railroad Tigers” from 2016.
Jackie Chan has been valued as a professional singer in Asia since the early 80s, not only performing most of the title songs in his films, but also releasing dozens of albums over the years. The surprise of the film-filled year 2017 is without a doubt the Chinese epic “The War of Loong”, for which the Kung Fu legend sings the theme song “Country”.
When the BBC decided to bring a documentary film to the cinema after the documentary TV series “Planet Earth” (2006), the risk of failure was calculable, as more and more HD documentaries were celebrating their cinema premieres at the time. In 2007, “Our Earth” stormed the worldwide movie charts, and the long-awaited sequel followed almost exactly ten years later – once again with a star cast off the screen.
“The Prisoner” stands out from the extensive filmography of Hong Kong film legend Jackie Chan, not least because of its brutality, Jackie’s criminal character and his rather poor screen presence. Indexed in Germany for a long time, now Koch Media surprisingly delivers and provides a treat!
In 1995 Jackie Chan shook the streets of Vancouver in his film “Rumble in the Bronx”. Now he is dealing with the President of Vancouver Airport (YVR): Craig Richmond is preparing for the arrival of the star for the inauguration of Hong Kong Airlines’ new direct line from Vancouver to Hong Kong.
One of the most successful Jackie Chan films in years, “Kung Fu Yoga”, will unfortunately not be shown in cinemas in Germany. Instead, Koch Media has secured the rights for home entertainment and is causing slight confusion and disappointment among Jackie Chan fans with the additional title.