Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Breaking news: First footage of Peter Chan's "The Warlords" leaked

According to Ming Pao Daily, the first footage of Peter Ho-Sun Chan's latest film "The Warlords," starring Jet Li, Andy Lau, and Takeshi Kaneshiro, has been leaked on Youtube. Media Asia is crying foul, but Ming Pao decides to link the video on their website anyway. Excerpt as follows:


John Chong, the chairman of Media Asia, is furious and promises to investigate the leak. Director Peter Ho-Sun Chan is most worried that the half-hour highlight reel will also be leaked to the web, causing negative impact on the film.


Regarding the footage of "The Warlords" being on Youtube, Media Asia chairman John Chong says that it's a very serious case of robbery. This footage is supposed to be released in the beginning of May, and it's being shown without the permission of the studio. He'll have experts investigate to the end.

Original Chinese report

I think the leaked footage, which shows only about a minute of footage in slow motion, actually helps to raise buzz on the film. It's not like the entire film was leaked on the web, it's only promotional footage that can only help raise awareness of the film when it comes out in December. Chan says he's worried that the half-hour highlight reel, edited for the overseas buyers, will leak because it ought to be seen in a cinema and that once people see it, they will lose the desire to see the film in theaters. Honestly, that sounds like a filmmaker who doesn't have much confidence in his own film. A highlight reel ought to raise anticipation, not discourage people from seeing the film.

In fact, I'm not surprised if Peter Chan or someone at Media Asia pulled a "Heavenly Kings" and leaked the damn thing themselves and cried foul on purpose.

Anyway, this is the leaked footage. See it before it gets removed.


DanielLee said...

Someone is in biiiiiiggggg trouble...


Awesome blog btw. Keep it up.

GoldenRockProductions said...

Hiya, Daniel

Someone's in big trouble if the media finds out that Media Asia leaked the footage themselves.

Thanks for your comment as well.