May 21, 2019

“The Mystery of the Dragon Seal” by Oleg Stepchenko is one of the most anticipated pictures in China

We are pleased to announce that the film “The Mystery of the Dragon Seal” has become the most anticipated film of 2019 in the fantasy genre in China.

Film Festival in fantasy genre The big ten of the most anticipated fantasy IP projects of 2019 took place in Shenzhen the last week and ended on Saturday, May 18th with the award ceremony. In the screening have participated approximately two hundred pictures, that have been already released or will be released in 2019 and only ten of them were chosen by professional jury as the best projects of the year.

Oleg Stepchenko, director and writer of the film “The Mystery of the Dragon Seal”: “This is solely Chinese festival, in which participated films, that have been created in that country and in this genre. Therefore, the industry supports the most anticipated projects and gives them some kind of an advance. In China at least 300 films in the fantasy genre are created annually. For the competition in Shenzhen have been selected approximately 200 works and only 10 of them were awarded by the jury. Our film was the only one which has been created in co-production. According to the Chinese representatives, China believes in the Mystery of the Dragon Seal and the award was the first one in the jar of the picture. The professional jury considers originality of the idea, script, characters and artistic solution in general. There were strict demands to our project since it has been created in co-production. Mystery of the Dragon Seal was literally put under the microscope. It was important that Chinese culture would have been shown closely, nevertheless they like being surprised. To be honest, I expected to get the award, because the idea is unique and we met all the requirements, made to films”.

Alexey A. Petrukhin, writer and producer of the picture: “At the moment when the award winner was announced in China, the group of the company NASHE KINO and I were presenting the picture in Saint-Petersburg at Comic Con festival. Clearly, I announced our news from the stage and it was amazing seeing sincere excitement of several hundreds of spectators, who welcomed the news with a big round of applause! At that moment I felt the responsibility to the spectators, so we are going to work even harder in order to amaze everyone!”.

“The Mystery of the Dragon Seal” is the second part of the director Oleg Stepchenko franchise about the traveller and cartographer Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng). The first film of the saga is called “Viy 3D”. It was released in 2014 and became the first Russian film that gathered 1,4 billion rubles in Russia. The main roles in the film were performed by Jason Flemyng, Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Anna Churina, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan. The film will be released on September 19th, 2019 in all formats, including IMAX.