IFFAM: Nicolas Cage Talks Asian Cinema, Chinese Money

Variety | 12/11/2018 | Naman Ramachandran
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Nicolas Cage, the Oscar-winning actor and International Film Festival & Awards Macao talent ambassador, reckons he is no stranger to the Asian brand of cinema. He has worked with the likes of John Woo (“Face/Off”,) the Pang Brothers (“Bangkok Dangerous” remake) and Sion Sono on upcoming English-language film “Prisoners of the Ghostland.”

Addressing a press conference in Macau on Saturday, Cage said: “Asian cinema is one of the greatest presentations of cinema in the history of cinema. The amount of style and talent that goes into Chinese movies, Japanese movies, Korean movies, is quite remarkable, and I have been blessed to work in several Asian productions.”

Reason - Movies - China - Cinema - Investors

“I know the reason I’m still blessed to make movies is largely because of China, and Chinese cinema and also Chinese investors,” Cage said. “It is because of this film industry here that I’m blessed to continue working. So, I know who to say thank you to. More western actors and filmmakers are trying to have this relationship, because they realize how important it is. It is in fact indeed the future of cinema. So that’s why I wanted to come back, to say thank you.”

Talking about his experience of working with the Pang brothers, Danny and Oxide, on “Bangkok Dangerous,” Cage said: “They would never tell me which one was directing, and they would play these funny jokes on me. One would be Oxide one day, again he’s be Danny the next day, and I could never tell who was directing me, and they had fun with that.”

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Cage recalled the 2006 military coup that took place in Thailand during the production of “Bangkok Dangerous.” He organized a private jet to take his family to safety in Korea, flew them there, and returned to the set. “I had no way...
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