Released last weekend in China with an estimated box office gross of 25 million, Leste Chen’s mystery thriller staring Xu Zheng and Karen Mok has been picked up by Fortissimo Films for worldwide sales (Not Including HK, Taiwan, SE-Asia which is handled by China’s China’s Wanda Media).
The Great Hypnotist was the closing film screened at the Beijing International Film Festival last month before it’s official release, and will be screened this month at Cannes with more festival screenings line-up.
Leste Chen’s other films include last years Rom-Com Say Yes!, Love On Credit (2011), Eternal Summer(2006), and horror hit The Heirloon (2005).
Xu Ruining (Xu Zheng), a nationally renowned hypnotherapist, is incredibly skilled in hypnotherapy. But when his career takes off, he meets a patient named Ren Xiaoyan (Karen Mok) who brings him a thorny problem. Xu Ruining discovers that with this particular case, the struggle between the doctor and the patient isn’t as easy as he’d expected. Despite her thin and weak appearance, Ren Xiaoyan always reacts violently to any problems with Xu Ruining. He wonders what exactly makes her closed-off to everyone. Is it from a painful memory in her childhood or the ring-mark still visible on her middle finger? While sparing no efforts to figure out what has happened, he finds himself falling into a horrible trap…