A wave of filmmakers from China and Hong Kong, including chopsocky legend Jackie Chan, are spending more time than ever shooting in France -- lured there by some of the world's most recognizable icons as they also take advantage of juicy incentives.
Chan says "Chinese Zodiac," aka "CZ12" which opens in December, is the "most authentic kung fu Jackie Chan movie." His 100th picture is a globe-trotting actioner, so setting part of the film in France was a no-brainer.
The shoot took the filmmakers to Paris and to the Chateau de Chantilly in Picardy.
Nearly 800 films were made in China last year, and there's a boom in the number of local TV stations generating their own content. In looking for locations, a growing number is turning to France as a place to shoot.
In addition to its other enticements, Chinese filmmakers find Gaul's regulatory environment refreshing.
China is also making a major play as a co-production venue, but there are still many bureaucratic hurdles to cross, not to mention issues like censorship.
Wong Kar-wai's latest movie "The Grandmasters" has entrusted its vfx work and a big part of post-production to the Paris-based BUF shingle.
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Source: Variety.com/by Clifford Coonan