In the latest demonstration of the eastward-shifting center of gravity in the global movie industry,Point Break received its world premiere in Beijing on Tuesday night, more than three weeks ahead of its planned North American release on Christmas Day.
Co-produced by Alcon Entertainment and China’s DMG Entertainment, the $120 million-budgeted remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 cult classic opens wide in China on Thursday, making it the last Hollywood import to squeak into the closely regulated and rapidly expanding Chinese market for 2015.
No major Hollywood-backed film has ever opened in China so far in advance of the domestic U.S. market. Iron Man 3, also co-produced by DMG and Disney, opened in China two days ahead of its Stateside rollout in 2013, while Penguins Of Madagascar debuted 12 days earlier there in 2014.
China is expected to surpass North America to become the world’s largest market for movies within two to three years.
Australian actor Luke Bracey, the new Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeves in the original), joined executives from DMG for the splashy red-carpet launch in Beijing on Tuesday night. DMG built a special stage recreating some of the extreme stunts and locations featured in the movie, which was directed by Ericson Core. Bracey greeted local fans with a bevy of nihaos (hellos) before jumping on a motorcycle alongside Wu Bing, DMG co-founder and chairperson of the studio’s China operations.
“People will be thrilled as they experience big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding and free rock climbing on the big screen wrapped in an intense story about loyalty, duty and betrayal,” said DMG’s global CEO and pitchman-in-chief Dan Mintz.
Hollywood actor Luke Bracey said Tuesday the remake of action crime thriller “Point Break” is bigger and better because it’s got extreme sports that weren’t even invented when the original 1991 hit came out.
Some stunts and sports in the latest movie “hadn’t even been thought of when the original was made, in the original they were still paddling into waves,” said Bracey. Wing suiting, the sport of flying through the air in a special suit, hadn’t been conceived at that time and it was in the mid-1990s that people “started using jet skis just to catch waves that were bigger than they could paddle into.”
“So, to use a cliche, it’s bigger, and it’s better and it’s just a huge movie in terms of how different it is from the original,” he said.
The Australian actor said that while the original was based in California, the remake has been “expanded across the world.” It was filmed in nine countries in four continents, including scenes of wingsuit flying in Switzerland, free rock climbing in Venezuela, snowboarding in the Italian Alps and surfing in Hawaii.
The world has become more interconnected since the last movie, so “what occurs on one side of the world doesn’t just affect that side of the world these days, it affects the other side of the world in terms of a lot of things, be it geopolitical, economic, be it environmental,” he said. “I think the sooner that humanity figures that out and comes to terms with that, we’ll start working together even more.”
The movie’s makers say they used world-class athletes rather than stunt doubles in the film, and Bracey, who grew up in Sydney and learned to surf from a young age, also took part in snowboarding and rock-climbing — including a sequence on Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall.
“It’s a kilometer above the Earth, and that had me hanging off Angel Falls looking down, telling them to turn on the cameras in case I fell so at least it was on camera,” he said.
The movie also stars Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez as the athletes’ leader, Bodhi, Australian actress Teresa Palmer as a surfer, and British actor Ray Winstone.
Warner Bros. is handling Point Break’s Christmas Day release in North America, the U.K., Russia, Japan and Latin America. Lionsgate is handling the film in the rest of the world for Alcon. Outside China, Point Break will face stiffer competition, as it will go head-to-head with J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens juggernaut, which is set to open Dec. 18 in North America and much of the world (in China, the Force won’t awaken until Jan. 9).
New Hollywood star Luke Bracey was born in Sydney, Australia. He appeared in the 2011 film Monte Carlo, and played Aaron on Dance Academy. Bracey played Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), replacing Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the first film, and starred in lead roles in the 2014 films The November Man and The Best of Me, the latter based on a novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks
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