The directorial debut of Hong Kong Best Actor winner, Nick Cheung, entitled Ghost Rituals, is scaring up interest at this year’s Cannes Film Market, and we’ve got the details you need to see if this is one haunt you’re interested in visiting!
From the Press Release
Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven label of Arclight Films, is pleased to announce the world market premiere of horror-thriller GHOST RITUALS in Cannes. Multiple Best Actor Award Winner Nick Cheung (UNBEATABLE, THE STOOL PIGEON), who has over 60 films to his credit and a huge following at the box office, makes his directorial debut with this latest horror piece staring himself, Annie Liu (FLOATING CITY), Lam Wai (THE SILENT WAR, ADVENTURE OF THE KING) and Carrie Ng (THE SILENT WAR, HI, FIDELITY).
The Hong Kong-Malaysian coproduction will be released in July in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
GHOST RITUALS is produced by Adrian Teh, the man responsible for one of Malaysia’s most successful box office sensations: THE WEDDING DIARY, and its sequel, THE WEDDING DIARY 2. He was also an executive producer on the 2010 hit ICE KACANG PUPPY LOVE.
“We’re excited to both present and screen GHOST RITUALS to buyers for the first time in Cannes,” said Elliot Tong, Head of Asian Sales & Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “This award-winning team of actors and filmmakers have skillfully brought a truly unique and terrifying story to life, one that can claim both artistic integrity and major commercial appeal. The result is a modern ghost story that will have audiences riding an exhilarating roller coaster of fear from start to finish.”
The terror begins as ZONG (Nick Cheung) takes over an opera troupe that is plagued with supernatural phenomena. Finding the source of the inexplicable hauntings and putting it to rest lead ZONG on a journey where he must struggle to conquer his fears while confronting evil spirits and a ravenous poltergeist head-on.
“Working with this talented cast, many of whom I have worked with on past projects, was an honor,” director Nick Cheung shared. “The strong friendships on set allowed the project to flow, and I could not have had a better experience with my first project behind the camera.”
“It has been a pleasure to work with Nick Cheung, who is known for his commanding presence on the stage and screen,” said producer Adrian Teh. “I am also truly impressed by his directing abilities that feel as seasoned and natural as his talent for acting. As a Malaysian production company, we are proud to collaborate with such a brilliant cast that includes, but is not limited to, Annie Lau, Carrie Ng, and Lam Wai. Their collaborative participation integrates the best parts of the cultures of both countries.”
Darclight Films is be presenting GHOST RITUALS to buyers for the vey first time in Cannes via premiere screenings by invitation.
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