The upcoming movie, Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal <鍾馗伏魔：雪妖魔靈>, stars Chen Kun (陳坤) as the titular mythological figure who drives out demons, and Li Bingbing (李冰冰) as a captivating snow demon.
Zhong Kui focuses on the relationship between the three worlds of immortals, demons, and humans. After wrapping up filming last month, the movie unveiled two new concept posters at the recent Shanghai International Film Festival. Designed to look like a pair of eyes from far away, the posters depict hero Zhong Kui, standing alone in a blackened world, and Bingbing’s snow demon, solitary in the white demon world.
In order to achieve his character’s bearded look, Chen Kun had to spend four hours a day in the makeup chair. For scenes that called for the addition of more special effects, the time could even be doubled. However, Chen Kun was happy to make the sacrifice because of his newfound interest in mythological films. “If you’re working on a mythological film, come find me,” he said at the press conference of Zhong Kui.
Now that Chen Kun is an A-list actor, he wishes to learn a little more about filmmaking, which is why he signed on not only as the lead actor, but as one of Zhong Kui’s investors as well. Nevertheless, he shared that his main responsibility, apart from acting, was simply to check the film’s investment reports and make sure the crew was not going into debt. Despite this, he admitted that the pressure was very heavy at times, and he even lost almost five pounds over the course of three months.
Directed by Zhao Tianyu (趙天宇) and produced by Ann An (安曉芬), Zhong Kui is backed by investors from mainland China, Australia, and the United States. Well-known special effects company Weta Workshop, which worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, also had a hand in the character and setting design.
Zhong Kui is slated for a February 19, 2015 release.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.