It seems Big Bang member T.O.P's Chinese-German collaborative movie 'Out of Control' is finally getting a release date.
Director Axel Sand sat down for an exclusive interview to discuss the reason for the delay and the audiences' reaction upon viewing the movie for the first time at the Cologne Film Festival.
The interview was published in German's Westfalen-Blatt (WB) website.
WB: In contrast to the trailer shown at the opening of Shanghai International Film Festival in 2016 where 'Out of Control' received much press coverage, why was the world premiere at Cologne Film Festival limited to a smaller audience?
Axel Sand: Since the movie will be released in early 2018 in Asia, we were only allowed to screen the film to a small crowd by the Chinese production team.
WB: What was the purpose of the screening at Cologne Film Festival?
Axel Sand: It was to express our thanks and gratitude to the German production team.
WB: Fans must have been excited to finally see the movie on the big screen. What was their initial reaction?
Axel Sand: It's such a remarkable thought to be able to witness the very first reaction from the audience, not to mention a full house. Many people enjoyed the movie; the older generation liked the sentimental and serene scenes while the younger audience enjoyed the fun and thrills of the intense action sequences.
WB: The movie was originally intended to be released in December 2016 in China. What was the reason for the delay?
Axel Sand: The release date was postponed in response to the political issues (THAAD) between China and South Korea. We thought it would be better to sit tight and see how things unfold, especially due to the fact that our main star was Korean.
WB: Has a release date been confirmed for Germany?
Axel Sand: There will be no release date in Germany since the leading actors are not as familiar here. However, the movie is expected to be released in DVD format.
WB: I'm sure you are well aware of Choi Seung Hyun (T.O.P)'s recent drug scandal. Is there anything you would like to comment?
Axel Sand: From a European perspective, such a situation would have been used as an advertising tool as the saying goes 'Any press is a good press.' This is questionable. However, from an Asian point of view, such incidents are taken care with more caution, which is a good thing especially when it comes to famous people. Stars have authority/responsibility for their actions. With that being said, if our film is able to portray positivity, such news should not have any impact.
Though no specific release date was given, it appears we can expect the release to be in early 2018.