Thursday | July 19, 2018

Presented by Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, STX and Wanda Media, The Foreigner is an international action blockbuster directed by Martin Campbell, starring Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan and Katie Leung. The film is scheduled to open on 30th September in the cinemas in China, celebrating the Chinese National Day, and followed by the global release.


An upcoming crucial dual between Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan

The Foreigner tells a story of a thrilling journey of revenge. Quan (Jackie Chan) runs a small restaurant in the London China Town. One day, his daughter (Katie Leung) gets killed in a terrorist attack. The fact that the authorities fail to take action against the bombers leaves Quan not only heartbroken but furious. In order to bring the perpetrators to justice, Quan turns down Lin Baoyi (Liu Tao) and embarks on the journey of revenge alone, vowing to take on the terrorist organisation. At that moment, a crucial figure Hennesy (Pierce Brosnan) appears and discloses a complicated conspiracy… The film centres on the showdown between “King of Kung Fu” Jackie Chan and the “Top British Intelligence Officer” Pierce Brosnan; the fight between the two has attracted attention from audiences and critics alike.


Another masterpiece from the master of action blockbusters

Raising the showdown to an even higher level

In addition to the showdown between two superstars, Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, the director of The Foreigner Martin Campbell has attracted a huge amount of attention in the media. Campbell not only revived the 007 franchises with GoldenEye and Casino Royale but re-defined the image of the lone hero Zorro in The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro. With such impressive track record, Campbell is undoubtedly the most suitable candidate for directing The Foreigner. Jackie Chan showers Campbell with praises. ‘Martin is one of the most professional and hard-working directors I’ve met. I’ve never seen any director like him since he spends more than ten or even twenty hours on the set each day. I truly respect and admire him!’ Having worked in Hollywood for years, Campbell is regarded as the master of Hollywood action blockbusters. His participation in The Foreigner certainly guarantees the production quality.

The set of newly unveiled stills enhance the various experiences Jackie Chan has been through, making it easier for the viewers to empathise with him. Furthermore, it adds a tragic feel to the film and intensifies the frisson between the two superstars before the final showdown.


Jackie Chan returns to Hollywood in style

Eagerly anticipated by audiences around the world

In recent years, Jackie Chan has appeared in films of different genres. Last year, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for his outstanding artistic achievement and global influence. Since 2010, Jackie Chan has shifted his focus to the Chinese-language film market. Apart from the voice performance in Kung Fu Panda, Jackie Chan has not appeared in any Hollywood blockbusters, and therefore The Foreigner signifies Jackie Chan’s return to Hollywood. Series of posters and trailers of The Foreigner released recently instantly receive extremely positive feedback; the most notably is that when the international trailer was released online, it became the most-viewed clip on the IMDB in 48 hours. On some well-known international film website, when the ratio of positive to negative reviews is 50:1, the film is regarded as a good one. The ratio of the positive to negative reviews that The Foreigner receives is up to 120:1, and that shows how eagerly the audiences anticipate the film. In China, the trailer has been viewed more than ten million times on Weibo and shared by tens of thousands viewers, receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback. An internet user comments. ‘The name “Jackie Chan” always guarantees a great movie. This new production is bound to be another breakthrough in terms of Jackie Chan’s style!’ One can say that The Foreigner is seen as an innovative film that marks Jackie Chan’s unique aesthetics. The countless onscreen personas that Jackie Chan created have left a deep impression on the audiences around the world. In The Foreigner, Jackie Chan once again takes up the unprecedented challenges, increasing the audiences’ anticipation of the film.

So far the production has shown such promising quality that it signifies Jackie Chan’s successful return to Hollywood. As the core of the film, the battle between Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan intensifies, raising the viewers’ expectation even higher. The Foreigner opens in the cinemas in China on 30th September, celebrating the Chinese National Day and will be globally released afterwards.