From Hong Kong to the U.S., JASMINE Thrills Audiences
& Makes L.A. Premiere at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Mind-bending, Gripping Thriller from Dax Phelan
Premieres in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 28th at 9:15PM
BYRON MANN, JASON TOBIN,
Hong Kong Oscar-Winner EUGENIA YUAN,
GRACE HUANG & SARAH LIAN
LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2015) – Shanghai Street Films is excited to announce that JASMINE, the new psychological thriller starring BYRON MANN (THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS), JASON TOBIN (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, CHINK), Hong Kong Oscar-Winner EUGENIA YUAN (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS and starring in the upcoming CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: THE GREEN LEGEND), GRACE HUANG (THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS) and SARAH LIAN has been announced as an official selection of the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF). The film was invited as a late entry in the festival’s TBA slot and will screen in competition.
The film is the directorial debut of Dax Phelan and will make its Los Angeles premiere at LAAPFF on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 9:15PM at the CGV Cinemas with director and cast in attendance.
JASMINE, conceived by Dax Phelan and Jason Tobin, was met with a sold-out crowd at the 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) on March 25, 2015 in the Grand Cinema. Due to popular demand, HKIFF programmers created a slot for an encore screening of JASMINE the very next evening, which sold out in twenty-four hours. The same situation ensued at the film’s U.S. Premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival earlier this month, where the encore screening was moved into the largest possible cinema, where it too sold out.
“We are beyond thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive welcome JASMINE is receiving both at home and abroad,” said producer Stratton Leopold, whose long list of credits include MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, THE WOLFMAN and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS. “From the very beginning, we wanted to tell a story that would truly cross over, utilizing some of the best talent Hollywood and China/Hong Kong have to offer and bridging the gap between East and West. JASMINE is a prime example of a film that is ahead of the curve in terms of where the film industry is headed and brings us one step closer toward paving the way for a long-term, mutually successful relationship between the US and Chinese entertainment industries.
JASMINE is the gripping and chilling psychological thriller about a man, Leonard To (Tobin), still struggling to come to terms with his grief nearly a year after his wife’s unsolved murder. Hoping to move on with his life, Leonard reconnects with Grace (Yuan), a woman from his past, and his outlook begins to brighten. But, when a visit to the site of his wife’s murder leads him to a mysterious interloper (Mann) he believes is her killer, Leonard decides to take justice into his own hands and things take a startling turn toward the unexpected.
“JASMINE is a film that, I believe, pulls off that rare feat of offering wide commercial appeal while still remaining true to its artistic integrity,” said director Dax Phelan. “I’ve always wanted to tell a deceptively complex story that begins with a small spark and slowly grows into a raging inferno while rewarding first-time audiences and repeat viewers alike. From Hong Kong to Dallas, it’s been thrilling to see audience members embrace such a challenging story, offer their own interpretations during lively Q&As, and attend the encore screenings with their families and friends in tow.”
Phelan recently teamed up with Academy Award-nominee Oren Moverman to executive produce Anja Marquardt’s SHE’S LOST CONTROL, which won the CICAE award, the top prize in The Forum section at the 2014 Berlinale, has played to sold-out audiences at SXSW and New Directors/New Films, and was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. Phelan was previously the Creative Executive for veteran Hollywood producer Mace Neufeld at Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment on such projects as THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS.
JASMINE is a powerful passion project that speaks to anyone who has ever loved and anyone who has ever suffered and I can’t imagine a better Los Angeles premiere than at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival,” said actor and producer JASON TOBIN, 2013 Best Actor Award-Winner at LAAPFF for his role in Chink (2012) as Eddy Tsai; directed by Stanley Yung, written by Koji Steven Sakai, produced by Quentin Lee. “The result is a touching, chilling, and mind-blowing feature film that will creep into the hearts and minds of moviegoers worldwide and stay there. This isn’t one of those films you forget about five minutes after you’ve left the theater.”