Hong Kong remake of “Tape”: Selena Lee, Kenny Kwan, Adam Back to Star

Selena Lee, Kenny Kwan, and Adam Buck led the cast of “Tape,” a Cantonese remake of Richard Linklater’s drama that debuted in 2001. The new film is directed by Bizan Tong (“Forensic Specialist,” “The Audition”) with The cameras are due to launch next month in Hong Kong.

“Tape” tells the story of 3 best friends who, after a graduation event that changed their lives, reunite 15 years later as a case of blackmail forces them to confront a terrible secret from their past.

The original movie starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Robert Sean Leonard, and played at Sundance, Toronto and Rotterdam.

In Tong’s remake, Kwan, Lee, and Pak play contemporary characters while Mason Fong, Summer Chan, and Angus Young portray their younger versions.

The script was written by Stephen Bilber, Tong, Lee, and Bonnie Lu, and is adapted from Bilber’s own scripts from both the original film and theatrical stage.

The producers in the film are Tong, Lee, and Bilber. It is a joint project of Phoenix Waters Productions, Marvion and Agog Films. No sales company has been identified yet.

“One difference between the Linklater original and our iteration is the use of the original portable DV cameras as a way to best tell the story with a clear passion from all involved. Our copy is also a passion project for all involved, but we want to reflect the world as it is today with a much broader scope, featuring both The role technology plays in our lives, connecting the past to the present, as we span different time periods. Because of this, we also have a different way of filming that reflects the story I want to tell, while putting constraints in the process to follow the spirit of the original.” diverse.

Other credits go to: Director of Photography Colin Kwok; Sarona Law as Production Designer; Cheung Kwan Wah (“Capture in Time”, “Unleashed”) as editor; Guy Orlebar (next Sellblock for ABS-CBN) as co-producer; and Cindy Sin Lee Wong (“Now You See Me 2”, “The Confidence Man JP”) as line producer.

Canadian actress from Hong Kong, Lee has credits including “Barrack O’Karma” and the Canadian series “Blood & Water”. Actor and singer Kwan’s screen credits include “The Twin Flower Legend” and Hermann Yao’s upcoming “Customs Frontline”. Pak recently led the ViuTV series “Inevitable” and is currently starring in “Breakout Brothers 3”, one of the highest-grossing Hong Kong films of the year.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of a project that Bizhan has pursued with integrity, passion, intelligence and care – a topic that he clearly demands,” Bilber said in a statement. “Bringing on Selena and Bonnie as co-authors, to adapt the work to the world today, was simply invaluable, and I look forward to this very intelligent team guiding the work and getting the work started in our current moment.”

“Tape” is one of the many projects that Phoenix Waters Productions and Marvion Productions have partnered with in Hong Kong for domestic and international audiences. Filming of the zombie action-thriller announced by Tong “Chongqing Palace” has been postponed until next year. Other projects in development include the drama series “Crypto Keepers” and the superhero series “Evos”. Tong’s crime series “Forensic Psychology” led by Jenny Chan is in advanced post-production with Endeavor Content that handles global distribution and reproduction rights.

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