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| Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Starring Andy Lau, Jet Li and Takeshi Kaneshiro, the HK$ 2.5 billion movie The Warlords ('Tou Min Zhuang') formerly titled Ci Ma which will open in the cinemas in December will starts its promotion in May, unexpectedly the film's 1 minute 36 seconds trailer was stolen and uploaded to YouTube for viewing. Media Asia spokesman was angry and wanted to investigate how the trailer was stolen, director Peter Chan was most worried that the 30 minutes clip of the film will also be uploaded to the Internet.

From the trailer uploaded in YouTube, we can see millions and thousands of soldiers doing battles, with the 3 male leads Andy, Jet and Takeshi in battle mode expression, it's realistic.

Director Peter Chan was told by his crew members that the trailer was stolen, he was nervous as he expressed that there will be a total of 4 trailers for the movie, according to plan the first trailer will be released on 1 May, however now it was being "brought forward", thus not much affect. Peter is most worried that the 30 minutes long clip will also be uploaded as the clip will used during the sales of film distribution rights as it includes some classic scenes of the movie and dialogue, if this clip is also stolen, it would be a big matter. He added that the movie should be enjoyed in the sound system and giant screen of the cinema, because there are huge scenes, if audience was to watch it online, it will not be surprising when watching in the cinema, it would affect the movie a lot.

He supported the movie company to investigate on the matter , although it exchanged many hands during the production of the trailer thus many people would get in contact with the trailer, but investigating how the trailer got leaked would not be difficult because each trailer has its own serial number when it's being copied to be delivered to Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Thailand.

With regards to the trailer of Warlords being revealed in YouTube, chairman of Media Asia pointed out that this is a serious offence as this trailer was scheduled to be revealed in May, however now it was being uploaded into the Internet without the company's permission, this matter will be investigated.

View the leaked trailer of Warlords here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiPMroMXaYU

news from: MingPao, Sun News, Ta Kung Po