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China’s First English-Speaking Sci-Fi Film


Garners International Pre-Sales, Setting the Stage for a Major Worldwide Release Starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns& Zhang Yuqi (White Deer Plain)

LOS ANGELES (August 14, 2015)Worldwide Sales Agent, Arclight Films, has been racking up pre-sales with theatrical release intentions for Lost in the Pacific, the first Chinese 3D Sci-Fi action adventure film in English The film is currently in its final postproduction phase and Arclight Films anticipates a worldwide release by the end of 2015.

Lost in2Starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Chinese actress Zhang Yuqi (White Deer Plain), Lost in the Pacific is a 3D Sci-Fi action adventure film helmed by Chinese director Vincent Zhou (Last Flight). The story sets in 2020 when a group of international elite passengers embark on an inaugural luxury and transoceanic flight that later gets into a seemingly unexplainable catastrophe.

lost in3Lost in the Pacific is making major headway to become a top international Chinese film, utilizing far-reaching first-rate global resources, including a multi-award-winning team in front of and behind the camera. Filmed at Malaysia’s Pinewood Studios in the spring of 2015, Lost in the Pacific is now finishing its visual effects by UFO Internationals. The film’s sound editing is supervised by Oscar-nominated Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack. Oscar-winner Mark Paterson (Les Miserables) did the final sound mixing for the film.

lost in4During filming, Lost in the Pacific’s international cast and its universal theme attracted industry attention across the global film market. Arclight Films, which is handling all rights outside China started the first round of sales in May during the Cannes Film Market when the film was still in production. Since then, the film has secured a number of deals, including Ram Indo in Vietnam, Viswaas in India, Aqua Pinema in Turkey, Pioneer in Philippines and Pt Prima in Indonesia. Arclight Films continues to make progress with international sales and will be presenting the film to buyers with never before seen footage at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

lost in5Releasing a film in China, the United States and across the world can be ambitious for any Chinese film, but Arclight Films is confident in Lost in the Pacific. Although China’s movies have found their niche market in Mandarin-speaking communities in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Seattle as more Mainland Chinese films getting released in United States, Lost in the Pacific is different from other Chinese films. The film is not only aiming to release in major cities around the world, it’s perfectly positioned for a wider release as it is an English-speaking film and lacks a significant amount of language and cultural barriers than many other Chinese films to date. Having represented many Chinese films including Special ID, Wolf Warrior, and Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, Clay Epstein, SVP of Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films remarked, “Lost in the Pacific is extremely marketable and holds significant commercial value due to its international casting, story telling and the quality of production.”

lost in6“China’s film industry is witnessing increasing box office sales both at home and overseas,” said Elliot Tong, Head of Asian Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “A film like Lost in the Pacific has all the makings of an international success story on a global scale.”

Director Vincent Zhou also hopes the film will be able to reach more audience worldwide. “It will be an extraordinary visual and acoustical experience with a unique adventure story for the global audience without language barriers,” he said.

Distributors have a wonderful opportunity to offer audiences something fresh and exciting,” continued Tong. “Buyers from all territories see enormous potential in Lost in the Pacific. There’s not only fierce competition between Chinese films and American films but also between different Chinese films with the goal of being released to the American marketplace, and I firmly believe in Vincent Zhou and the his international team highly-acclaimed professional collaborators.”

Arclight Films will be showcasing the film further at the American Film Market in November. Lost in the Pacific could very well be the first Chinese independent Sci-Fi film to receive a same-day release worldwide. Stay tuned for details.

About Arclight Films

Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home entertainment. Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY and LORD OF WAR starring Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hits WOLF CREEK, WOLF CREEK 2 and action thriller BAIT 3D (the highest grossing Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema), and a current slate that includes LOST IN THE PACIFIC starring Brandon Routh, and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s SACRIFICE.

The latest additions to Easternlight include SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL starring Li Bingbing, WOLF WARRIOR starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5M in one weekend), OUTCAST starring Nicolas Cage, SPECIAL ID starring Donnie Yen, BADGES OF FURY starring Jet Li and Cannes Film Festival “Directors Fortnight” official selection and Toronto International Film Festival Gala Selection DANGEROUS LIASIONS starring Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong Gun.

Some of the latest additions to the Arclight Films’ slate include DOG EAT DOG starring Nicolas Cage, directed and written by Paul Schrader now in pre-production, THE CONFIRMATION starring Clive Owen and Maria Bello, directed by Academy Award-winner Bob Nelson (NEBRASKA), FRANK & LOLA starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon, PREDESTINATION starring Ethan Hawke now in release through Sony Pictures, LAST KNIGHTS starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, RECLAIM starring John Cusack, now in release through Lions Gate, PAPER PLANES starring Sam Worthington, and SHANGRI-LA SUITE starring Emily Browning and Luke Grimes to be released through a major studio.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto. For more information on Arclight Films please visit www.arclightfilms.com