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Black Dog set for premiere

By Xu Fan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-06-14 16:54

Actor Eddie Peng attended the premiere of award-winning film Black Dog in Beijing on June 12. [Photo provided to China Daily]

At the 77th Cannes International Film Festival, the stirring film Black Dog emerged as a standout, claiming top honors for China. Now, under the skilled direction of Beijing-native Guan Hu, this captivating 116-minute masterpiece is poised to captivate audiences as it makes its debut on the Chinese mainland on Saturday.

The narrative of Black Dog intricately weaves a tale of redemption and connection, focusing on the profound bond between a man, freshly released on parole after a decadelong sentence, and a mysterious black-furred stray dog in a quaint northwestern Chinese town.

Black Dog will be released across Chinese mainland on June 15. [Photo provided to China Daily]

During a recent promotional event in Beijing, actor Eddie Peng, expressing his gratitude for his involvement in the project, shared how the film provided him with the unique opportunity to embrace three dogs, including the enigmatic canine star and two adorable young pups featured in the production.

With a cast of over 100 dogs and an array of zoo animals like peacocks and monkeys, the actors dedicated themselves to numerous retakes to capture the animals' finest moments on screen, with a remarkable scene requiring over 50 takes to perfect.

Upcoming film Black Dog held a premiere in Beijing on June 12, in attendance of director Guan Hu (left), actor Eddie Peng, and Liang Jing (right), the executive producer. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Actor Huang Bo, known for his role in Guan's 2009 film Cow, also graced the event, reminiscing about his interactions with the titular animal. He recounted a particularly challenging moment where he re-enacted a scene a staggering 137 times to achieve cinematic excellence.

Black Dog has already made waves in the box office, amassing an impressive 1.64 million yuan ($226,000) and securing the second-highest position on the country's presale box-office rankings over the weekend, as reported by the live tracer Beacon.

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