WE PICTURES LTD, founded by well acclaimed Hong Kong director Peter Ho-sun Chan (Perhaps Love, The Warlords, Bodyguards and Assasins, Wu Xia) is a new breed of film company, set to transform the outlook of Chinese language cinema.
The first film from the new stable is Bodyguards and Assassins, which is produced and directed by Peter Chan and Teddy Chen respectively. It is an event blockbuster released in Dec 2009 to critical and commercial success. Also, Bodyguards and Assassins scored another 8 wins for Peter Chan, and making his 3 films (Comrades, Almost a Love Story, The Warlords, Bodyguards and Assassins) the first, second and third record holder of the number of statues won in the 30 years’ history of the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Under the framework of We Pictures, the renowned helmers will bring their artistic sensibilities and extensive experience with film industries in both the East and the West to help some of the most promising talents in the region translate their ideas into film projects that will not only score in the box office but win the hearts of a large audience.
Hong Kong will serve as a creative base to develop film projects, which will be overseen by a panel of consultants comprised of filmmaking professionals, media experts and academics to ensure that these film projects can gauge the interests of a much larger and culturally diversified audience. Every aspect of a film from production to distribution and promotion will all be conducted under the roof of WE Pictures Ltd.
The martial arts blockbuster Wu Xia, directed and produced by Peter Chan, was the only Chinese language film in the Official Selection of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. It is also honored with 12 nominations in the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards and voted as one of the Top 10 film in 2012 by TIME magazine. WE Pictures' latest releases include The Guillotines, produced by Peter Chan and directed by Andrew Lau; American Dreams in China, directed by Peter Chan and grossed USD90 million in China alone.