1 Dec – In a span of 11 days, "Cold War" has surpassed RM5 million at the local box office, making it the highest grossing Chinese film screened in Malaysia in three years.
In appreciation for those who have supported the film, directors Longman Leung and Sunny Luk headed down to Kuala Lumpur for a celebration dinner to commemorate the event on 28 November.
"We have been very fortunate that our directorial debut is able to entertain audiences everywhere. We thank everyone for their support towards the success of the movie," said Leung alongside Luk at the event.
Besides Malaysia, "Cold War" has been a huge success around the world including Mainland China, taking in a staggering RMB$183 million in 10 days from Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and of course, home ground Hong Kong, surpassing the HK$27 million barrier in 12 days.
According to official data released by the Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA), the film's opening recorded an impressive HK$2.2 million in ticket sales, becoming the year's biggest opening for a Chinese language film.
"Cold War" could potentially follow in the footsteps of "Infernal Affairs", which starred Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai to spin a US remake. The police drama/action movie is already garnering the attention of international film companies with its highlights in US media such as The Hollywood Reporter and Screen International.
"Cold War" is anchored by main stars Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Kar Fai, with the story revolving the power struggle between senior police management departments when they take on the task to rescue fellow police officers abducted by terrorists.