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The Great Wall: The Peninsula Hotels Announces A Unique Partnership With Legendary And Universal Pictures

December 23, 2016 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

The Peninsula Hotels announced a partnership with Legendary and Universal Pictures to celebrate a unique cultural and global cinematic event: the release of The Great Wall movie.

 In a landmark year in which The Peninsula Hotels unveiled the spectacular renovation of The Peninsula Beijing, and parent company The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels proudly commemorates 150 years of a long tradition of hospitality excellence in China, the partnership is the perfect platform from which to showcase the very best of Eastern and Western heritage and creativity. 

The much-anticipated film is the largest-ever production mounted in China, a historic project between the best of Chinese and Hollywood talent. The Great Wall movie is visionary director Zhang Yimou’s first English language film. Known for his depiction of awe-inspiring spectacle in movies like Hero and House of the Flying Daggers and the dramatic opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, Yimou’s epic fantasy adventure stars a stellar cast including Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Willem Dafoe, Eddie Peng Yu-Yen, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen and Xuan Huang for a never before assembled line up of Hollywood and Chinese cast and crew.


TGW Mr Zhangyimou

As part of the festivities surrounding the global launch of this landmark film, the newly-transformed Peninsula Beijing will open an exclusive public exhibition featuring beautiful costumes from the film, by award-winning designer Mayes C Rubeo of Avatar and World War Z fame, including the Strategist Wang costume worn in the film by superstar Andy Lau. 

‘We are delighted to be partnering with Legendary and Universal Pictures around this special film: The Great Wall’, said Peter Borer, Chief Operating Officer of The Peninsula Hotels. ‘Celebrating the best of the East in the West has been an integral part of our brand since we opened hotels in America in 1988. This is the first cinematic collaboration of its kind, so we are thrilled to be working with this esteemed director and cast to communicate the essence of ancient and modern China in this inspiring and unique way.’

 To showcase the beauty of China today, a short film featuring an intimate interview with the film’s director, Zhang Yimou, is a key piece of the partnership. Mr. Zhang imaginatively explores the themes of old and new China, its impact on cultures around the globe through his eyes and specifically showcases modern Beijing to audiences worldwide. The film will be launched exclusively in conjunction with the film’s release and can be seen at

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