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The Hunting, a Chinese action thriller shot in the Paris Region
Friday 20 September 2019
The Paris Region welcomed between May 28thand July 29th (9 weeks) the shooting of “The Hunting”, an action thriller taking place both in Shanghai and in our region, directed by Leo ZHANG, produced by Shanghai Newwaves Film.
The film tells the story of a Chinese policeman fighting against international money trafficking. His path is littered with obstacles such as the French police, Chinese killers, and powerful businessmen and politicians. Action, suspense, corruption, manipulation, all the ingredients of a cop movie are used in this Chinese movie.
Actors include Chinese Duan Yihong and Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), as well as two French actors, José Garcia and Olivier Rabourdin. The 100 member Chinese team was supported by 50 French technicians, most of whom work regularly on international projects. Local production was under Fanny Besson; the general unit manager was François Pulliat and the assistant director David Krespine. A dedicated unit manager, Sebastien Didelot, was hired for the numerous stunts.
Shooting took place in several symbolic locations of the Paris region including the two airports (Orly and Charles-de-Gaulle), and the Paris heliport, the Seine River, the metro, the pedestrian Carrousel bridge, the Gare de l’Est (train station). This was in addition to several streets and “passages” ( elegant, covered shopping alleys, typical of Paris), city roofs, underground passages, cafes and shops, the Flea market, a golf course, a chateau on the outskirt of the city, and more.
The production also used the brand-new TSF Backlot 217, a former airbase. It provides a 22 hectares of flat land around 2 landing runways along with 45 000 square feet of former hangars now transformed into a carpentry and decor building making it a perfect work site for international productions.