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Feature Film 'Snakehead' Starring Sung Kang and Jade Wu Selected for TIFF

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The film from Evan Jackson Leong will screen as part of the Discovery programme

Feature Film 'Snakehead' Starring Sung Kang and Jade Wu Selected for TIFF

Director Evan Jackson Leong’s latest full-length feature film Snakehead will show at the Toronto International Film Festival. The full festival schedule and showtimes will be announced on August 24, 2021. This film was produced by Arowana Films and 408 Films in association with Valiant Pictures and King Street Pictures. The film is repped by XYZ Films in North American and Odin's Eye Entertainment internationally. Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Pictures have acquired North American rights.  

Snakehead stars Sung Kang (Fast & Furious, Better Luck Tomorrow), Jade Wu (Netflix’s Luke Cage, For Life, Magnum P.I.), Celia Au (Wu Assassins), Jamie Choi (Rainbow Six: Siege, Gotham), and Perry Yung (HBO Max’s Warrior, John Wick: Chapter 2). The fact-based film is based on the true story of Sister Ping (Cheng Chui Ping) and the Chinatown-based snakehead syndicate, who escorted Chinese immigrants into the United States for nearly two decades.

Sister Tse (Shuya Chang) is brought to New York by a Snakehead, a human smuggler. Although she is indebted to the crime family responsible for her transport, her survival instincts help her gain favor with the matriarch, and she rises quickly in the ranks. Soon Tse must reconcile her success with her real reason for coming to America—to find the child that was taken from her. In the end, Sister Tse must draw on the strength she found in transforming her victimhood into power. 

Notes Leong: “It is an honour and dream come true to be accepted into the Toronto International Film Festival. We poured so much hard work and soul into this film and to have international recognition is truly a blessing.”

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Cast: Shuya Chang, Sung Kang, Jade Wu, Perry Yung, Yacine Djoumbaye, Catherine Jiang, Celia Au, Sandra Eloani, Jamie Choi, Devon Diep

Crew:

Writer / Director: Evan Jackson Leong

Executive Producers: Darryl Wong, Sung Kang, Russell Leong, Sherlyn Leong, Marisa Leong, Jon Chan, David Hou, Helen Shen, Byron Habinsky, Alvin Lau, Greg Yap, Eric Rhee, Matt Cohen, Bruce Ma

Associate Producers: Vincent Lin, Matthew D’Amato

Producers: Brian Yang, Dan Mark, Anson Ho, Evan Jackson Leong

DP: Ray Huang

Production Designer: Emma Koh

Wardrobe Designer: Jessica Yuen

Editor: Chelsea Taylor

Composer: Roman Molino Dunn

Colorist: Nicholas Metcalf (The Mill)

Press Kitchen, Mon, 02 Aug 2021 08:11:00 GMT