On January 31, “Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back” and “Kung Fu Yoga,” both featuring VFX elements from visual effects (VFX) company Dexter Studio, rose to the top (no.1 and no. 2 respectively) in the Chinese box office.
In particular, “Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back” set a new box office record in China with an opening day intake of CNY 348.28 million (approximately KRW 59.4 billion). Produced by Stephen Chow and directed by Tsui Hark, “Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back” is the sequel to “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons,” which took in CNY 1 billion in just 15 days of its release four years ago.
Meanwhile, “Kung Fu Yoga” is an action blockbuster starring Chinese megastar Jackie Chan and Lay from K-pop idol group EXO. As of January 30, “Kung Fu Yoga” ranks no. 2 in the box office (total intake: CNY 61.8 billion).
An official from Dexter Studio said, “This is our fourth project with director Tsui Hark. Previously we worked on ‘Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon,’ ‘The Taking of Tiger Mountain,’ and ‘Death Duel’. Most directors, producers, and investors who work with us once almost always want to work with us again on their next project.”
He added, “The fact that two films we have worked on are now on top of the Chinese box office during the Chinese New Year holiday, which is the biggest holiday in China, with more than half of the box office share combined is a significant development for us. Recent issues, mainly the deployment of THAAD, have prompted Chinese corporations and consumers to avoid Korean products and services. However, the Chinese film making industry remains a staunch ally that values Dexter Studio as one of its main partners.”
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