Director Lu Chuan just received a shooting permit to start filming in October, 2010 for his $14.7 million costume war epic project. The film, tentatively titled Grand Feast of The King, will be Lu’s fourth feature but his first historic drama. The project is planned to finish production by February, 2011 with schedule for release to the public in the middle of 2011.
The film will be set at the end of Qin Dynasty (206 BCE) as several Kings battled against each other to become the new emperor of a new dynasty. It will include a recreation of the famous Feast at Hong Gate or “Banquet at HongMen”, which led to the Han Dynasty being established. The Feast was set up by King Xiang Yu as part of a scheme to kill his biggest rivals, Liu Bang. Liu Bang managed to escape the banquet and later led his army to defeat Xiang Yu and later founded the Han Dynasty. With the exceptional budget, grand scenes such as the Battle of GaiXia and Battle of WeiShui will be seen in the film.
Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat has confirmed he will act in the role of ancient peasant leader Liu Bang but rest of the cast has yet to be announced.
State-owned China Film Group, Beijing-based Stellar Group and several undisclosed companies will co-invest the film, according to a statement released through Lu’s production company Yuan Chuan Production.