Travel the Spellbinding and Breathtaking
To Its World Premiere at the
2015 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF)
First-ever Chinese-Hawaiian Co-Production Announces First Public Screenings on November 16th and 21st & Nomination for HIFF’s Prestigious
Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Feature Film
Starring Michelle Chen (BADGES OF FURY, YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE), Jackson Rathbone (THE TWILIGHT SAGA),
Sung Kang (FAST FIVE, FAST & FURIOUS)
and Hawaii’s Own Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, The 100)
LOS ANGELES (October 7, 2015) – Crimson Forest Entertainment (OTCBB: CRIM), is pleased to announce the mystery thriller, PALI ROAD will make its world premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) on November 16, 2015 with an encore screening on November 21, 2015. The film has been nominated for the prestigious Halekulani Golden Orchid Award, which is bestowed upon the narrative and documentary films that best express artistic and technical excellence and promote cross-cultural understanding. PALI ROAD stars Chinese superstar Michelle Chen, TWILIGHT’s Jackson Rathbone, Sung Kang (FAST FIVE, FAST & FURIOUS) and Hawaii’s own Henry Ian Cusick (The 100, Lost). HIFF will also be hosting the 1st Annual Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum during this year’s festival.
“We’re honored to have been invited to have the world premiere of PALI ROAD at the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival and to learn of our nomination of the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature Film,” said Director and Producer Jonathan Lim. “It was extremely challenging as well as rewarding, working on this project. We worked tirelessly to create the right story and assembled an internationally diverse cast that would resonate not only in the Chinese market but for audiences on a global scale. Hawaii International Film Festival is the largest East meets West film festival in the US, and is the perfect fit for our film. We’re looking forward to showing the finished product that so many people have worked so hard on to audiences for the very first time this November.”
PALI ROAD is a mesmerizing and chilling journey into the mystery of the human psyche and the power of love. Lily (Chen), a young doctor, wakes up from a car accident to discover she is now married to her boyfriend’s affluent rival, Dr. Mitch Kayne (Kang), has a five-year-old-son, and an established life she has no recollection of. Everyone around her, including her parents, deny that her boyfriend, Neil (Rathbone), ever existed, sending her on a desperate search for the truth. Determined to reclaim a life everyone insists is nothing more than an illusion, Lily eventually begins to doubt her own sanity. Struggling to overcome her seemingly hopeless situation, Lily endures a series of unexplainable and haunting incidents while bravely making her way to an ultimate mind-bending truth about the power of true love.
Shot entirely in Hawaii PALI ROAD is a story about the search for true love between two different worlds. Her search for the truth to her past life will lead her to question everyone around her and her entire existence. PALI ROAD (aka Highway 61) is an idyllic, winding road through some of the most enchanting parts of Oahu and maintains an important if not infamous place in Hawaiian history. Being at the center of many of Oahu’s supernatural activities, it is said the road is haunted and various mysterious figures can be seen wandering the area at all hours. Numerous otherworldly sightings have been confirmed along Pali Road, both by longtime residents of the area as well as tourists who come from all over the world to visit the region.
“We’ve compiled a diverse, world-renowned cast from the extremely talented Chinese Superstar Michelle Chen to internationally renowned Jackson Rathbone of TWIGHLIGHT FAME, to Sung Kang of the FAST & FURIOUS franchise who together bring international box office earnings into the billions of dollars. Our truly adept team, both in front of and behind the camera are helping to fill a gap in the marketplace for English-language Chinese co-productions that audiences around the world are craving, “said Daxing Zhang (Man of Taichi). “PALI ROAD has all of the ingredients of a successful motion picture; a thrilling storyline that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats, constantly guessing what is real, an incredible cast who deliver honest and powerful performances and at the heart of the film, a deep and soulful love story.”
PALI ROAD is produced by Daxing Zhang, Kenneth Burke, and Jonathan Lim. Executive Producers are Anthony Lim of Cuixing Media, Jon Chiew of Huace Media Group Grace Zhang and Geng Ling of Dadi Digital Cinema & China Film Assist, and Ricardo S. Galindez and Roy J. Tjioe of Island Film Group, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the first project in a slate of three films that Crimson is co-producing with Dadi Digital Film, China Film Assist, and Cuixing Media Group who will distribute the film in China.
About Crimson Forest Entertainment
Crimson Forest Entertainment is a publicly traded, independent motion picture studio that finances and produces theatrical quality feature films and television series. Management’s experience in the China entertainment industry has allowed the company to successfully conceptualize, produce and distribute various film and television projects into the local Chinese market and to position itself as a valuable partner in the ever-growing Chinese theatrical marketplace.
For more information, visit the Crimson Forest Entertainment website at www.cfeg.tv.
About Island Film Group
Island Film Group is a Hawai‘i-based entertainment production and financing company. Through its related companies, Island Film Group works with local, national and international filmmakers to develop and produce film and television projects in and about Hawai‘i for domestic and international distribution. To learn more, visit www.islandfilmgroup.com.