The English-language animated feature “Land of Compassion” with Tibet as the background is in production. The story follows a young man who begins his quest for Buddhist enlightenment, the last wish of his dying father.
Its voice actors include Armand Assante (HBO’s “Gotti”), Alexander Wraith (“The Mandalorian”), and Louis Mandylor (“Debt Collector”), as well as Singaporean stage actor Adrian Pang.
Written, directed, and produced by Singapore-based Wallywood studio head Tan Keng Leck, the $3 million film is based on Pham Wen’s famous novel. The animation production is being handled by Indonesia’s MSV (“Battle of Surabaya”), the co-producer of the film.
Production will be completed by the middle of next year, and the film will be released in October 2023. No sales agents or distribution channels have been announced.
“It’s the most dramatic of the three novels,” Tan told to type“But we’ve only used parts of the material from the book and could envision a sequel based on other parts of The Land of Mercy. It’s a true epic.” Tan was a former publisher and was involved in the book’s English language Translation and distribution.
“We’ve been in pre-production for two years, and the character design and storyboarding are done. We’ve now recorded all the dub parts, except for Armand Assante, who plays the lama.
Other key roles are also assigned. The animation director is Kompin Kemgumnird (Atlantis: The Lost Empire animator, director of Blue Elephant); art director and concept artist Tod Polson (color artist for “The Secret of the Kells”) and Ricky Ho on the soundtrack (“Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above”, “Seediq Bale”).
While the co-producers have yet to name a sales agent, Tan said he expects the film to be released in most of Asia. Whether it will be screened in mainland China, where religion, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama are all sensitive topics, remains open. While some Hollywood figures, including Richard Gere, Brad Pitt, and Keanu Reeves, have been shunned by Chinese authorities after speaking out for Tibet, Fan Wen’s work has been published in China. “Animations may be easier prospects than live-action films, but we don’t make any assumptions about China, so if we show it there, it will be a bonus,” Tan said.
Hollywood presents “The Land of Mercy” as a story set in the Kham district of eastern Tibet, home to the greatest mystics, most cunning businessmen, and most notorious bandits in the whole of Tibet. The film’s synopsis reads: “The story begins in the 1920s in a village in the picturesque Langsa Valley and tells the story of the trials and tribulations of two feuding families living on both sides of the river – the Gonggar family and the Langsa clan. After the death of the father. , Arathi, the youngest son of the Gonggar family, embarks on a long and arduous spiritual journey in order to fulfill his father’s last wish and spiritual prophecy of enlightenment. Against the backdrop of the looming threat of the Chinese Red Army, Arathi summons two discordant families to maintain peace. The story combines many Buddhist beliefs with mystical fables unique to Tibetan Buddhism.”