September 23,2005 - Hong Kong on Friday will choose its entry for the best foreign film Oscar among three candidates: Jackie Chan's The Myth, Stanley Kwan's Everlasting Regret and Peter Chan's Perhaps Love, an industry insider said Wednesday.
An 11-member committee of the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong will take a vote on the three movies Friday, the chairman of the group, Crucindo Hung, said. Hung said the group narrowed down its choices to the trio because they fit Oscar requirements best. Oscar organizers want films to have both artistic and commercial elements. They can't be purely artistic or purely commercial... They are also the most representative of Hong Kong's big productions this year, Hung said.
In The Myth, Chan plays a character who tries to track down a lost love from a previous life who has lived on by taking a longevity pill.
Everlasting Regret, starring Hong Kong pop star Sammi Cheng, follows the life of a Shanghai beauty who endures both personal upheaval and China's political turmoil in modern times.
Perhaps Love, featuring Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung and South Korean actor Ji Jin-hee, is a romance set against the filming of a musical. Everlasting Regret and Perhaps Love were shown at the recent Venice Film Festival.
For the best foreign film Oscar, the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences usually narrows down submissions from various countries to several nominees.