Eastern promises, western prospects: A future for Chinese cinematic co-productions.
Bey Logan, Co-Producer of the US$60m martial arts epic ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2’.
Producer Bey Logan began his film career shooting a Hong Kong production, ‘Guns and Roses’, on location in Europe. He subsequently relocated to Asia, and established himself as the most prolific and successful non-Chinese producer working in Hong Kong cinema.
In 1998, he joined the Media Asia film company, where he worked on a series of projects for action superstar Jackie Chan. These included two documentaries, ‘Jackie Chan: My Story’ and ‘Jackie Chan: My Stunts’ and the film ‘Gen-X Cops’, and its sequel, ‘Gen-Y Cops’, starring Paul Rudd and Maggie Q.
Bey then moved to Hong Kong’s Emperor Multimedia Group, where he worked on the USD 40m Jackie Chan vehicle ‘The Medallion’ and produced the hit action comedy ‘The Twins Effect’.
In 2003, Bey formed his own production company, Shankara Productions, in partnership with actress Maggie Q (MI3, Die Hard 4.0, Nikita), and produced the Hong Kong action thriller ‘Dragon Squad’, starring Michael Biehn, Sammo Hung and Maggie Q.
On the 1st of October, 2005, Bey joined the then newly formed Weinstein Company as Vice-president of Co-production, and worked on many of the company’s Asian-themed films, including ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ and ‘Shanghai’.
In 2010, he formed B&E Productions. The company’s film releases have included the 3D animation ‘Little Gobie’, the live-action thriller ‘The Blood Bond: Shadowguard’, the sports comedy ‘Beach Spike!’ and the contemporary martial arts action thriller, ‘The Borderland’ (AKA ‘Covert Operation’).
Last year, Logan co-produced the US$60m martial arts epic ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2’, starring Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh, shot on location in New Zealand. The film was directed by Chinese film-maker, Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Harvey Weinstein, Pete Berg (‘Lone Survivor’) and Morten Tyldum (‘The Imitation Game’).
On returning to Hong Kong, Bey produced the martial arts epic ‘Lady Bloodfight’ with the Oscar-winning LA production company Voltage Pictures.
Active as both a participant in and devotee of the Hong Kong action genre, Logan has worked with various companies to promote Chinese martial arts cinema in the worldwide market. In this capacity, he has recorded more DVD commentaries for Asian film titles, in fact, more commentaries in any genre, than anyone else!
He is the author of ‘Hong Kong Action Cinema’, a narrative history of the industry, and is currently writing a second, insider’s guide: ‘My Life in 36 Chambers’.