Check out a new trailer for The Iceman 3D that will be having a limited theatrical release in US on September 19th, 2014.
After opening in theatres on April 25, Iceman 3D has brought in almost 70 million RMB in sales. However, public opinion about the film differs wildly, with some viewers panning the unsatisfactory action scenes and others praising the action choreography. Many viewers also expressed annoyance at Iceman 3D’s unrealistic take on the main character and its poorly executed ending.
One viewer wrote, “I already knew there would be a sequel before I watched the movie, but this type of ending is impossible for people to accept.” Another compared Iceman 3D to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, both of which are the second installment in a film trilogy and which lose steam near the ending in an attempt to drum up suspense for the sequel.
Iceman 3D received additional criticism for unintentionally causing Wang Baoqiang, who plays a villainous royal guard, to turn into a laughingstock due to his chaotic hairstyle, nefarious expressions, and heavily accented English. Eva Huang, who has a nude scene in the film, was also criticized for looking emaciated rather than sexy.
Despite this, many viewers agreed that Iceman 3D was an entertaining film and that it successfully combined Chinese elements, such as wuxia, imperial palace politics, and kung fu, with Hollywood elements, such as magic, science fiction, and superheroes.
Film’s budget has ballooned to $200 million Hong Kong dollars, which is roughly $25 million in US dollars. The producers suggest it’s mostly for insurance purposes, so the cast can continue to perform their own stunts.
Check out the official trailer for Donnie Yen‘s Iceman 3D.
Check out new behind-the-scenes videos. The Iceman 3D is the first of two movies arriving this year with the second expected to make its way to cinemas sometime in October.
Check out the new poster and trailer for the Donnie Yen’s Iceman 3D.
Iceman 3D is currently slated for a Spring 2014 release, and has been picked up by Well Go USA for North American distribution. The film also stars Eva Huang, Simon Yam, Wang Baoqiang, Yu Kang and Huang Shengyi, and is a reboot to the original 1989 kung fu time travel fantasy epic directed by Clarence Fok, and starring Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah.
Plot: He Ying (Donnie Yen), a highly skilled martial-arts warrior in the Ming Dynasty, becomes the only suspect in a murder of a notable official and his family. Three of his best friends are ordered to bring him into justice. While he tries to get away, an avalanche occurs and the four are all buried in deep snow. They are not dead, but frozen in suspended animation.
Four hundred years later, the frozen He Ying comes to life again, and finds himself in a modern, high-tech world. With the help of a young woman named Mei (Huang Shengyi), he learns to use a cell-phone and computer. But the problem returns when his old buddies are defrosted too. Now he needs to use his ancient martial-art skills to fight modern weaponry.
Check out the music video for the Donnie Yen’s Iceman 3D.
New Donnie Yen’s Iceman 3D posters
Watch trailer for the first Donnie Yen’s Iceman 3D.
Although The Iceman 3D is still filming in the Changbai Mountains in China, plans are already made to introduce the new Donnie Yen martial arts film at the Cannes Film Festival in May and generate wider interest in the North American and European markets.
High production costs were incurred for The Iceman Cometh 3D due to massive destructive scenes and delayed filming. However, 30 percent of its $200 million HKD production cost have already been recouped; it received good distribution sales at the recent Hong Kong industry trade show, FILMART.
At the Cannes Film Festival, the film trailer for The Iceman 3D will be released, along with a press conference. The highlight will be a beach reception where guests are invited to party together with Donnie Yen and Eva Huang. The venue of the launch party will be transformed into a wine cooler with many Caucasians dressed in the same armor Donnie wore in the film. There will also be vaudeville performances among other entertainment, making it a grand Chinese affair. Total budgeted costs for the Cannes promotion are $500,000 HKD.
The first Donnie Yen’s Iceman 3D poster.
Progress is slow on Iceman the film has been shooting for 4 months but is not even halfway completed. This is rare for the Hong Kong movie industry, where an entire movie can typically wrap filming in as little as 3 months. But it’s not as though Donnie has been taking it easy: his other action film Special Identity is now in post-production, and the crew on Iceman Cometh recently spent 10 days filming a 7-minute fight scene!
Directed by Clarence Ford, the original Iceman Cometh starred Yuen Biao, Maggie Cheung and Yuen Wah. In this version Yen stars alongside Wang Baoqiang, Simon Yam, and Eva Huang. The film is expected to release in 2013.
The most popular martial artist Donnie Yen has already begun its pre production work on the new martial arts movie THE ICEMAN 3D, where he will be a star and action director.
Earlier Chi Tan after meeting with producers Stephen Shiu and Stephen Shiu Jr. went to the set for a 1:1 Iceman mold. During the process, Chi Tan’s entire head was brushed with multiple layer of material and cold wax. His entire face was sealed with only his nostrils left for breathing. The process took over a hour.
To maintain the wax figure’s best condition, Chi Tan had to tolerate itches and could not breathe heard. He could not move either. However he had no complaint. Finally the process was done in one shot and Chi Tan’s effort was not wasted.
After the process, the film company will begin promoting and put the wax in costumes for Mainland cinema display.