'Father and Son' may dominate summer film season

By Zhang Rui
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Comedy film "Father and Son" starring comedian Da Peng and veteran actor Fan Wei will debut in the Chinese film market during the hot summer time.

Actors Da Peng and Fan Wei pose for a photo at a press conference held to promote their new film "Father and Son" in Beijing, March 19, 2017. [Photo / China.org.cn] 

The film is directed by Yuan Weidong, executive director for Tsui Hark's critically acclaimed "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate," and stars Da Peng (Dong Chengpeng), Fan Wei, Qiao Shan, Wu Junmei, Zhang Tian'ai and veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam. Da Peng is also the executive producer of the film.

Producers dubbed "Father and Son" a "super comedy" at a press conference held in Beijing on Sunday. Its producer Wanda Pictures general manager Jiang Defu added that audiences "laughed from the beginning to the end" during its own internal test screening.

"Father and Son" will clash with other blockbusters in summer including Derek Kwok's Monkey King alternative adaptation "Wu Kong," Lu Zhengyu's gourmet comedy "The One" and Yang Lei's fantasy film "Legend of the Naga Pearls."

But Da Peng joked and said that while Qiao Shan will star in "Wu Kong," Fan Wei will star in "The One" and Zhang Tian'ai and Simon Yam will star in "Legend Of The Naga Pearls," "If you want to see them all and me, you will have to see 'Father and Son'."

Da Peng's last comedy film "Jian Bing Man" (2015) grossed 1.16 billion yuan (US$168 million) and became one of the top grossing comedies ever in the Chinese film market. Producers believe that "Father and Son" will surpass the success of "Jian Bing Man."

Da Peng and Fan Wei will also head to the 11th Asian Film Awards to be held in Hong Kong on March 21 where Da Peng is nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Feng Xiaogang's "I Am Not Madame Bovary" and Fan is nominated for best actor for "Mr. No Problem." The producers of "Father and Son" send their best wishes for them to win at the event.

"Father and Son" will be released in Chinese theaters on July 21, 2017.

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