Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Perhaps Love: Schedule for Gala premiere in Asia Region !

ShangHai, China ---------- November 29, 2005
Bejing, China -------------- November 30, 2005
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- December 03, 2005
Singapore ---------------- December 05, 2005
HongKong Gala Premiere with Cartier as Title Sponsor - December 06, 2005
HongKong Premiere for Hk Blood Cancer Foundation - December 07, 2005
HongKong Premiere with eBay as Supportive Sponsor - December 08, 2005

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Perhaps Love Premieres in Beijing

2005-11-30 21:16:01 - CRI Exclusive by Shen Min - One of the high profile Chinese films of the year, Hong Kong director Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love," will premiere in Beijing on Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Channel V host, Ke Lan, and Hong Kong veteran star, Eric Tsang(曾志伟), have been invited to preside at the premiere.

Many of the cast are expected to attend, including director Chan, lead actress, Zhou Xun, and leading men Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jacky Cheung and South Korean star Ji Jin-hee.

Hong Kong stars Miriam Yeung, Leo Ku and William So will also lend their voices to the premiere.

The film premiered in Shanghai on Tuesday, and it will hit China's cinemas on December 1st.

Clips (source - Sina): Premieres Part 1 - part 2 - Interview with Zhou Xun and Takeshi Kaneshiro - Premiere at 8.00 PM

Images source : tom.com

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Another article from cctv.com

After a nine-year break from the movie world, Hong Kong director Peter Chan is back with a musical, "Perhaps Love". The picture closed out the Venice Film Festival, and is now debuting at Chinese theatres.

Screams and flashes greeted several stars before the lead cast of "Perhaps Love" strolled down the red carpet. Famous directors, entertainers and models from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan were invited to China's first movie musical in 40 years.

The ten-million US dollar production has been drawing a lot of attention from the public.

After a screening at the Venice Film Festival in September, it was branded as the Chinese version of "Moulin Rouge". It has been chosen to compete for Best Foreign film at the upcoming Oscars. But Chan says he's more concerned about how it does at the box office.

Director Peter Chan said: "For me, film is a way of communication to more viewers. There're only seven hundred or so judges in Oscar. But the box office means millions of theatre-goers will see my film."

Shot in Beijing and Shanghai, "Perhaps Love" is filled with spectacular sets, circus performances, Broadway-style musical numbers and lots of love songs.

"Perhaps Love" is a film within a film. The story follows a love triangle between a director and his two lead actors. Jacky Cheung plays the director who is romantically involved with the lead actress he helped make a star, played by Zhou Xun.

Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro plays the lead actor who used to date the lead actress. But he becomes frustrated when she doesn't remember him.

Leading actress Zhou Xun said: "First of all to work with this director was very important. He is very open minded. He was open to our ideas and our opinions. And to work with a lot of actors from all over Asia was so funny because every day I was listening to a lot of different languages and mixing them all together and that was very nice for me."

"Perhaps Love" is one of the first movies out of the gate to kick off the country's new year movie season.

"Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles" from Zhang Yimou, "The Promise" from Chan Kaige and "Night Banquet" from Feng Xiaogang are also due out soon.

Editor:Wang Ping Source: CCTV.com

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Perhaps Love: Striking a sure note !

SHARON WONG - Nov 25, 2005

With four heart-throbs, Broadway-style songs and dances, exciting circus performances and spectacular sets, Perhaps Love has a lot going for it, writes SHARON WONG.

There’s a buzz in town and it’s all about the latest Chinese blockbuster, Perhaps Love. Not only is it touted as an intense romance musical (there hasn’t been a musical in the Chinese film industry for 35 years), it also has such big names as producer Andre Morgan, Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau, Bollywood’s hottest choreographer Farah Khan and multiple award-winning Hong Kong director Peter Chan at the helm.

And that’s not all. Perhaps Love was the closing film in this year’s Venice Film Festival and is Hong Kong’s official entry for the 78th Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film.

It also has a stellar cast from four regions, comprising Hong Kong’s God of Songs, Jacky Cheung, Japanese-Taiwanese heart-throb Takeshi Kaneshiro, China’s Zhou Xun and South Korea’s Ji Hin-hee.

Throw in the fact that it is a kaleidoscope of spectacular set designs, breathtaking circus performances and mesmerising Broadway-style song and dance numbers, do you wonder why people are sitting up and taking notice?

As the advance guard of the film’s promotional activities, director Chan was in town last week to satisfy some of the curiosity the film has generated. “I wouldn’t say that Perhaps Love is a 100 per cent musical,” he said.

According to Chan, only 30 per cent of the movie is musical while the rest is still a love story. The musical part has been played up to draw people back to the cinemas. Chan said that it is indeed sad that most people these days prefer to watch movies through VCDs or DVDs at home, over the Internet or even on the handphone. “It is only when there is a mega blockbuster, usually an action or wushu film, that people will flock to the cinemas,” he said.

“However, I feel that a mega blockbuster is not restricted to just those genres. An emotional or love story is just as good on the big screen and I hope to draw the crowd back into the cinemas with Perhaps Love.” .The making of Perhaps Love was simply awesome. “The difficult thing about filming this movie was that the musical part was exceptionally loud and flamboyant while the love story part was exceptionally quiet and realistic. The question was how to balance the two.”

Although Chan’s forte lies in filming love stories — he gave the audience such blockbusters as Comrades, Almost a Love Story, which garnered nine awards including Best Film and Best Director (Hong Kong Film Festival in 1997) and He’s a Woman, She’s a Man (Directors Guild of Hong Kong in 1994), which also won Best Film and Best Director — he admitted that he knew nothing about musicals and was initially intimidated by the idea of directing one. But he rose to the challenge. “I was very insecure but it was interesting as we did not know what’s going to happen and our excitement and energy exploded on the screen.

“Every day was a gamble. It was very stressful. I probably aged five years in those 10 months of filming. But now, looking back, there was also lots of fun.”

Shot in Beijing and Shanghai, the film is a US$10 million (RM38 million) production told in a movie-within-a-movie, featuring a love triangle. Jealousy, hatred and passion ignited by memories of the past collide and culminate through the intervention of a seasoned muse, a modern-day Cupid, who shares their joy and sorrow. Besides the powerful talking point of Perhaps Love being a musical, another major attraction is definitely the cast and where Cheung, Kaneshiro and Zhou are concerned, Chan said that they were his first choice from the start. “I wanted Zhou Xun for the female lead because she is a very likeable person and the character is not,” Chan said. “Zhou is very affecting and I’m sure she will be able to make people cry.

“Takeshi is the only actor who is the right age and who looks naive enough to be addicted to one woman for 10 years. His eyes are very painful and he’s perfect for the role.

“As for Jacky, no one can sing and act like he does. He’s also old enough — his character must be at least in his 40s — and although not good-looking, he has a certain charm and sensitivity to him.”

Chan revealed that initially, Andy Lau was his choice for the role of the muse but he was unable to make it due to contract problems. Chan finally settled on South Korea’s fast rising heart-throb Ji Hin-hee and fine-tuned the script to fit him in.

“Obviously, the movie would have gone another way if Andy had been able to make it but Ji worked out great too,” said Chan. “He looks like the kind of man who would lend you his shoulder in times of trouble. He’s trustworthy and has an innocence about him ... to me, he just looks like an angel!”

With a great cast and crew, anticipation is high for the release of Perhaps Love. And now, here’s a chance for fans to rub shoulders with some of the stars when they come here in conjunction with the movie’s release.

Chan will return together with Kaneshiro, Zhou Xun and Ji to meet fans at the Esplanade, KLCC Park, on Dec 3 at 5pm. A series of related contests will be held via Astro and www.gsc.com.my and winners can expect an exclusive lunch date with the stars, attend the premiere of the movie on Dec 7, as well as get other movie passes and exclusive movie merchandise.

Perhaps Love, which is funded by Astro Shaw, with worldwide distribution by Celestial Pictures, opens on Dec 8 at Golden Screen cinemas.

Source: Malaysia News Online

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Layers of love in Perhaps Love

By MICHAEL CHEANG - Friday November 25, 2005

When he was in Kuala Lumpur recently to promote Perhaps Love, the first Chinese musical film in 30 years; director Peter Chan Ho-sun took every opportunity to remind everyone of one very important thing – that the movie is NOT a musical.

“Perhaps Love is a love story, not a musical. It’s not even being promoted as a musical,” the long-haired, bespectacled director kept stressing over and over again. “It is not a musical in the conventional sense. My characters don’t break out into song.

“Initially, it was a challenge to balance the over-the-top element in musicals and the subtleties of a movie. In the end, the method I used to overcome that was to make a movie-within-a-movie.”

In the movie, Takeshi Kaneshiro plays actor Lin Jian Dong, the star in a new musical helmed by renowned director, Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung). Coincidentally, Lin’s co-star, Sun Na (Zhou Xun), is a former lover who left him a decade earlier for Nie who made her a star.

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Taiwanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro plays actor Lin Jian Dong in Peter Chan Ho-sun’s (pic below) new flick, Perhaps Love.

Ironically, the musical they are starring in centres on a love triangle which features Lin and Sun in leading roles, with director Nie (playing the role of the circus owner) as the third part of the triangle. In it, an amnesiac woman who has forgotten everything (even her lover) is saved from the streets by a generous circus owner, whom she later falls in love with. However, when she recovers her memory, she finds herself torn between her past and present.

At the same time, an angel called Montage (played by Korean actor Ji Jin-hee) appears in Shanghai yearning for a taste of genuine human emotions, and is drawn towards the jealousy, hatred and passion that ensue within the love triangle.

According to Chan, the movie musical that Perhaps Love resembles the most would be 1972’s Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York. “Cabaret is not a classic musical-type musical. It is very realistic. That was what I was trying to achieve with this movie,” he explained during an interview at GSC Midvalley Golden Lounge in Kuala Lumpur recently.

As he stresses over and over again, Perhaps Love is all about love, a subject that he is very familiar with, having made his name with critically acclaimed love stories such as 1994’s He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (which was awarded the Best Film of the Year by the Directors Guild of Hong Kong), and 1997’s Comrades: Almost a Love Story, which won an unprecedented nine awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards that year, including Best Film and Best Director.

Perhaps Love is a film that defines every single aspect of love in a single film, said Chan. “Everything I could think of in terms of love and relationships is in that movie. It depicts different levels of maturity in love, and everyone who watches it will have a different view of it, depending on how old you are.”

To pull off a multi-layered love story movie-cum-musical like this, choosing the proper cast was immensely important. Fortunately, Chan managed to get all three of his first choice actors for the three main roles – Taiwanese heartthrob actor Takeshi Kaneshiro, Hong Kong’s veteran actor/singer Jacky Cheung and established actress-singer Zhou Xun from China. Rounding up the multi-national cast is Korean star Ji Jin-hee (Jewel in the Palace).

Chan described Zhou Xun as a “very likeable and emotionally effecting girl who can make you cry”. “The character of Sun Na is that of a girl who has to give up something very precious to her. For that, I needed a real actress, and Zhou Xun was my first choice for the role,” said Chan.

“In Takeshi’s case, he was the only actor I knew who looks naive enough to love someone for 10 years,” Chan laughed. “It was also important that he was not young enough to look too naive, and at the same time, he also didn’t look so old that he just looks stupid.

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Director Peter Chan
“As for Jacky, there is really no one else in the region who can sing and act as well as he can. We also needed someone who was old and mature enough for the role, and yet still exude a different type of charm that can compete with someone like Takeshi for the girl’s heart.”

Another leading cast member who was Chan’s first choice was Korean actor Ji Jin-hee, who was roped in after Andy Lau was forced to pull out due to contractual problems. “Initially, we had planned for Lau to be a talk-show-host-like narrator who introduces the film and the characters, but when he pulled out, we changed the intro into a slower one and cast Ji Jin-hee as an angel who rekindles memories in the lead characters instead.”

Chan said that Perhaps Love was one of the most stressful movies he’d ever made. “I think I aged five years in last 10 weeks I was making the film! It was a very scary process, and it was the most stressful (movie) set I’ve ever been on. Every day was a gamble to see if we could finish filming what we’d set out to film, and I felt very uneasy at the end of each day,” he recalled. “Furthermore, the fact that I had not shot a single full-length Chinese film in the last 10 years gave me even more pressure.”

As for the future, Chan doubts he would be attempting something as elaborate and complex as Perhaps Love. In fact, he admits to be a little bit sick of filming love stories for now.

One thing is for sure though, we won’t be seeing any action movies from this director. “I have no interest at all in action movies. Even when I am watching them on a VCD, I tend to fast-forward all the action bits where there is no one talking.” One of his dream projects would be to make a realistic Chinese period film.

“Many period films today do not have an element of realism. There is always the feeling that what you see on-screen is all made-up and fake,” he lamented.

“I want to make a film that will give you the realism of that particular age, and show the real way of life back then, and make you feel as though you’ve gone back in time.”

Perhaps Love was funded by Astro Shaw, with worldwide distribution by Celestial Pictures. The movie will open on Dec 7.

Source: The Star - Malaysia

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Perhaps Love: Looks and more

By LI EE KEE - Friday November 25, 2005

Just like his character Min Jong-ho in last year’s South Korean hit drama Jewel in the Palace, Ji Jin-hee is a man of few words. During a recent 15-minute phone interview with the good-looking actor, every question was met with a concise (and almost trite) answer.

The only time during the humdrum interview where he surprised us with his sense of humour was when he was asked who between co-star Takeshi Kaneshiro and he was better looking. “I am,” answered the father-to-be (his wife is expecting their first child soon). “I am manlier than he is.” Everyone burst out laughing.

Ji was calling from Hong Kong where he was promoting Perhaps Love. Ji, who is also the story’s narrator, portrays a modern day Cupid, descended on Earth to explore the meaning of love, and in the process mends the estranged relationship between two long-separated lovers.

Asked if he believes in angels (seeing that he plays one), Ji admitted that he is a believer “although I don’t think their power is great because the world has many sick and unhappy people.”

Is he happy then? “Yes, I am. There are moments when I am sad but I try to keep an optimistic outlook on things,” Ji said, adding that one of the things that makes him happy is when his work as an actor receives good comments.

Well, this 34-year-old mechanical engineering major will be delighted to know that he has been getting glowing feedback from director Peter Chan and co-star Jacky Cheung.

Chan commended on his professionalism while Cheung praised his singing skills. Ji, who learned Mandarin from scratch, delivers several Chinese numbers in the movie. “Well, he (Cheung) couldn’t possibly have said otherwise, can he?” quipped Ji. “I had the opportunity to hear him sing and he is fantastic.”

Ji’s role was initially offered to Andy Lau, who turned it down due to his busy schedule. Chan then contacted Ji, who flew to Hong Kong three days later for auditions. “It was an interesting character and I got to work with a good director and cast,” explained Ji on his reasons for accepting the part.

“I had a happy experience working with everyone and learned a lot, especially how the other actors analysed and prepared for their roles.”

Source: The Star - Malaysia

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Perhaps Love: A mature role !



When director Peter Chan was looking for an actress from China who could sing, dance and act to star in his new musical Perhaps Love, one name stood out at the top of his list – Zhou Xun.

With a background in folk dance training at the Hangzhou arts school, award-winning performances in various Chinese TV series, a best newcomer award by the Brand Ingrid Millet Paris for her role in The Little Chinese Seamstress, and a hit music record under her belt, Zhou would appear to be over-qualified for the role, and her enthusiasm for the role as the icy Sun Na was evident during a phone interview from China.

“I was very excited when I found out that Perhaps Love had a lot of singing and dancing. When I arrived on location and saw the beautiful set, I was even happier!” she enthused.

The character she plays is a drastic departure for the 27-year-old, who is better known for playing docile young women in her previous TV roles.

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Chinese actress Zhou Xun is Sun Na in Perhaps Love.

“It’s true that Sun Na is very different from all my previous roles, and a lot more mature too. She is a very pragmatic person who is willing to give up that which she loves most. She doesn’t want love, she just wants to be famous,” said Zhou. “After this, I don’t think I can go back to doing the ‘innocent girl’ type of role, because my perception of life and my feelings have changed now.”

Zhou is no stranger to Peter Chan’s work, having watched and loved his award-winning film Comrades: Almost a Love Story.

“I loved the way he handles emotions with such detail,” she said. “On set, he is very open, and would always take suggestions from the cast and add them to the movie. It was also the first time I’d worked with a director who was so serious about the post-production that he did it all himself.

“I remember one time when we were filming a scene by the swimming pool. I was feeling very nervous and scared, so I told Peter. He advised me to take it easy and don’t be too anxious because ‘it’s just a movie’. I was no longer nervous after that,” she recalled.

She also had nothing but praise for her fellow male leads. “Jacky (Cheung) is a very humble and down-to-earth person, who is very experienced and serious about his work. I used to think I was already professionally very mature and experienced, but when I saw him in action, I realised that I had a long way to go and that there was so much more I could learn from him.”

As for Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhou described the Taiwanese heartthrob as a “very quiet person”. “He has a very low-profile and quiet personality, which is very rare among actors these days,” she said. “I also admire (Korean actor) Ji Jin-hee, because he was willing to take a risk to do a movie that is not in his mother tongue.”

Source: The Star - Malaysia

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Movies: Artful musical

CHOW EE-TAN- Nov 24, 2005

TO Hong Kong director Peter Ho-Sun Chan, working on his first musical film Perhaps Love was unlike any film he had directed before.

But putting aside the songs and dances, it was still a love story first and foremost to him.

And that’s what Chan is best known for, having directed such acclaimed films like Comrades, Almost A Love Story (1987) and She’s a Man, He’s a Woman (1994). Chan, 43, got back to the director’s seat after directing Three, a collaboration with Korean and Thai film-makers three years ago (in between he financed and produced a number of movies), and before that forayed into Hollywood, directing The Love Letter for Dreamworks.

When he was approached to make a Chinese musical, Chan initially had his reservations. "Although I enjoy musicals, I am not fanatic about it. Rather, I am a skeptic," he said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur recently.

"But it’s also because that I believe I can make some logic out of the genre for me and moviegoers. More and more people are watching movies at home on DVD and VCD. So I was thinking, what can I do to add to my kind of love story to get people to watch it on the big screen?" A musical love story was the answer.

Then he had to work out how to balance a reality-based emotional drama with flamboyant song and dance scenes. "It was difficult as my kind of love story is neither sugar-coated nor dramatic. It is more on internal struggles."

It took Chan two years to write the script and six months to edit the final work. Perhaps Love has been labelled the Chinese Moulin Rouge but Chan thinks it is just a ‘convenient way to compare two movies’.

"When two movies are about the stage, obviously they have something in common but in terms of pacing, storyline and everything else, it is totally not Moulin Rouge." Rather, Perhaps Love is about a director - Jacky Cheung, and two actors – Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun – making a musical, and the only musical scenes take place in the musical within the film.

"People don’t break out into songs and dance, they sing only when the curtain rises. But it happens that the love triangle in the musical they play reflect the love triangle in their real lives. "It is like a film within a film," he said. "The movie emphasises narrative and only 30 per cent of it is musical. It is not your typical musical."

He believes, however, the musical in the movie enabled the actors to express their feelings and emotions. "The Chinese are quite introverted and they don’t communicate their internal feelings. These characters are able to vent out their emotions through lyrics and songs.’’

Chan did not deny that stars like Kaneshiro and Cheung are crowd pullers but the fact that Perhaps Love is a musical has is own drawing power. Famed Bollywood dance choreographer Farah Khan was roped in to choreograph the musical scenes. "Most of the Hong Kong choreographers I know of are concert choreographers. I felt we should have one who understood the drama of a film, and I felt Bollywood musicals have the spontaneity, and the kind of energy that I want in the film.’’

On his flight to Mumbai – his first trip ever to India – an Indian flight attendant recommended he had to get Farah Khan, saying she was ‘the best’. True enough, after meeting close to 10 choreographers, Chan decided only Farah fitted the bill as not only was she a brilliant choreographer, she could communicate what she wanted.

He said initially, he thought the most challenging aspect in filming would be the song and dance aspect. "I was used to a more relaxed environment in my previous romance films. Now suddenly there were 300 people in the background, and some on wires. There were a lot of distractions so you have to really focus on the core story and the acting.’’

But later, Chan said he realised post production and editing work were even tougher. "I had to re-edit and re-edit and I’ve never edited so much for a film before. I had to draw a balance between a love drama and a musical extravaganza, the pacing and not let the musical scenes appear disjointed."

Chan is ever busier now. He has been having only four to five hours of sleep and have been flying to a different country every two to three days. Prior to Kuala Lumpur, he had travelled to Los Angeles, New York, Singapore and many cities in China. On Dec 3, he would be back in Malaysia for a promotional tour with Kaneshiro, Zhou Xun and Ji Jin-Hee.

Chan said he would give romance films a break and will be working on a historical drama temporarily titled Assassination of Ma, which is about three friends at a time of strife and war in the Ching Dynasty. "I’m also keen to do a realistic period drama and offer insights into the lives of the people then. All the period dramas that had been made were quite unrealistic and vague on the lifestyle then."

It is unlikely that he would direct another musical. "I’m not sure I can get it right the next time I do it. And I think my health can’t take it," he said. So did he think he got it right this time? "I think so. I’ve done my best and now we just want people to come and watch it.

"However, everyone has their interpretation of a movie. There is no point for me to defend it," he said with a smile. On a personal note, there had been reports that his long-term girlfriend, actress Sandra Ng is three-months pregnant but both Chan and Ng had never confirmed it.

However, when the question was raised after the press conference, a smiling Chan just said: "Why don’t you wait and see. These things can’t be concealed for long anyway." Apparently, there were also reports that the couple had already quietly registered their marriage in Canada.

A TALE OF PASSION AND FAME

BILLED as the first Chinese musical feature film in 35 years, Perhaps Love boasts a stellar cast of stars from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Korea, and acclaimed behind-the-scenes film makers.

Veteran director Peter Chan is joined by Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Asian heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying Daggers), ‘Heavenly King’ Jacky Cheung, up and coming Chinese actress Zhou Xun (The Little Chinese Seamstress and Suzhou River), and popular Korean actor Ji Jin-Hee (famed series Jewel In The Palace).

Renowned Bollywood dance choreographer Farah Khan helmed the musical scenes while the film’s original music is by Hong Kong’s Peter Kam and Leon Ko. The US$10 million (RM35 million) production, shot in Beijing and Shanghai, is a touching love story. It is also filled with spectacular set designs, breath-taking circus performances, mesmerizing Broadway-style musical numbers and punctuated by beautiful songs and dances.

Perhaps Love has been selected to be screened at the Venice Film Festival and is chosen as Hong Kong’s entry to the 78th Annual Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Set in modern day Shanghai, this movie-within-a-movie features a love triangle plot between Zhou Xun, Kaneshiro and Cheung that parallels the actors' lives. Their jealousy, hatred and passion ignited by memories of the past collide and culminate through the intervention of a seasoned muse or a modern-day Cupid, who shares their joy and sorrow. It begins when a muse, Montage (Ji Jin-Hee), appears in Shanghai yearning to taste genuine human emotions and puts himself out as a beacon for lost souls. Famed actor Lin Jian Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), the star in a new musical helmed by renowned director, Nie Wen (Jacky Cheung) meets co-star Sun Na (Zhou Xun), who is an old flame from a decade ago. Sun is now in a relationship with Nie, who made her a star.

The production is about an amnesiac woman who forgets everything, even her lover, but saved from the streets by a generous circus owner. They fall in love. But when she recovers her memory, she finds herself torn between her past and present.. While Lin and Sun play the lead role, Nie also co-stars and plays the circus owner, unaware of his two stars' previous relationships. The memories of Lin and Sun come back to overwhelm them and the romance of their past is rekindled as the production of the musical progresses...

THE CAST

DIRECTOR Peter Chan on his cast members, whom he picked not for their singing abilities but for their aura and physical resemblance to the characters he had in mind.

Takeshi Kaneshiro
"Takeshi plays an extreme character, a tormented soul, hurt in love 10 years ago. His character cannot close his eyes at night and gets hyper and does strange things. His life is an irony. "I think Takeshi played the role to perfection. He brought a lot to the screen and he brought the character to life. Such a character, if not handled carefully could be ridiculous. But he really lived the role. I didn’t even give him direction for some of the most emotional twists and turns in the movie. He developed the scenes himself.’’

Jacky Cheung
"He can sing and act and I can’t think of anyone else that could play that character, who together with Takeshi, make a triangular relationship with Zhou Xun. "The fact that he is not that good looking but has a persona of a mature, good husband makes a girl difficult to leave him. "Jacky is one of the best and is probably the most under-rated actor in Hong Kong."

Zhou Xun
"Zhou Xun makes you cry. She was not chosen because of her popularity because to be honest, I think no actress in China is really that popular to command the box office. "The investor’s first choice was in fact to cast someone totally unknown but I couldn’t find anyone from about 1,000 I saw, besides Zhou Xun.

Ji Jin-Hee
"Although he only came on board later to replace the original person I had in mind (Andy Lau), I feel I could not find someone else to play the role of the muse better than Ji Jin Hee. "With his mellow and reliable disposition, he balances the extreme characters of Takeshi and Zhou Xun and he fits this remote character perfectly."

Perhaps Love, funded by Astro Shaw (a subsidiary of Astro), with worldwide distribution by Celestial Pictures, will open in Malaysian cinemas on Dec 8, 2005.

Source : The Malay Mail

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Perhaps Love 's Trailer & Clips ! New Update !

The Perhaps Love's English site was updated. You can enter through this link: http://www.perhapslovemovie.com/en/main.html

And The trailer and clips of this blockbuster were updated too. Flow these link the view online or download:

Regular Trailer - Tease Trailer - "Cross Road" MV (Zhou Xun & Takeshi Kaneshiro) - "You Do Love Me" MV (Jacky Cheung) - Making of Perhaps Love

Have fun ! All file in flash format !

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"Perhaps Love" Tops New York Film Awards !

CRI Exclusive by Shen Min - Chinese blockbuster "Perhaps Love" was named Best Foreign Film at the Queen Film Festival in New York last week beating out five other nominees.

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"Perhaps Love," by Hong Kong director Peter Chan, is also bidding for Best Foreign Film Award at the 78th Academy Awards.

The New York Queen Film Festival is known to Americans as a preview to the annual Academy Awards. The film is now taking road shows around the U.S. and its premiere in Los Angeles attracted about 200 Oscar judges.

The film will also hold a grand premiere in China on November 30th at the Beijing Exhibition Center. The cast and crew of the film is slated to attend the gala premiere, including leading actor Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhou Xun, Hong Kong veteran Jackie Cheung and South Korean star Ji Jin-hee.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Ji Jin-hee Launches Asian Tour

2005-11-18 09:00:23 - CRIENGLISH.com.
South Korean actor Ji Jin-hee left for Hong Kong on Thursday to promote the movie Perhaps Love. Perhaps Love, directed by Peter Chan, co-starring Ji, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Jacky Cheung, has been submitted to the 78th Academy Awards, in the category of Best Foreign-Language Film. The ceremony is slated for February of next year.

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About nine million Hong Kong dollars was invested in the production of the movie, which opens in Hong Kong on December 8th. It is a love story about three men and one woman.

Ji will participate in a Christmas event in Hong Kong on November 18th, and make an appearance at another event celebrating the 38th anniversary of the groundbreaking broadcaster TVB on November 19th, where he will be a presenter at an awards ceremony.

Later this month, the actor will also launch the promotion of Perhaps Love along with his co-stars in Beijing and Shanghai, and will fly to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand early next month. In January of next year, he will visit Taiwan and Japan, and stop by Korea on December 9th for three days with his co-stars.

Ji, whose popularity soared after his role in the series Jewel in the Palace, is awaiting the opening of another movie in which he stars opposite Moon So-ri, and has been cast to star opposite Yum Jung-ah in a new movie by Lim Sang-soo.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Perhaps love? Perhaps not

BY JUNE CHEONG

DIRECTOR Peter Chan is no longer in love – with making romantic movies, that is. The 43-year-old Hong Konger behind acclaimed films like Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) and He’s a Woman, She’s a Man (1994) now says he wants to do something unfamiliar.

“I’ve done all the love stories I can identify with,” he says. But for the moment, fans can still enjoy his take on romance in Perhaps Love for which he was in Singapore recently to promote.

The musical set in present-day Shanghai is about a love triangle among three characters played by Jacky Cheung, Takeshi Kaneshiro and upcoming Chinese actress Zhou Xun.

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Peter Chan (left) with the stars of Perhaps Love, (from left) Ji Jin Hee, Zhou Xun and Jacky Cheung

Chan says the cast members of the US$10mil (RM37.5mil) film were picked, not for their singing abilities but for their aura and physical resemblance to the characters he had in mind.

“Takeshi was apprehensive and told me he didn’t like to sing but I told him that if he can speak his lines, he can sing.

“And his songs in the film were brilliant, perhaps not comparable in vocal quality to Jacky’s, but there was a lot of emotion,” Chan says.

South Korean actor Ji Jin Hee, of Jewel in the Palace (2003) fame, who replaced Andy Lau after he turned down the role of a singing angel, faced a different problem. “Ji did not know a word of Chinese before the shoot but he worked very hard and learnt the language during our shoot,” says Chan.

“He even flew to Hong Kong three or four times to redo his songs and lines in the dubbing studio because he wanted them to be perfect.”

Chan has also had to surmount his own career mountains, given the winds of change buffeting the Hong Kong film industry.

“It has been in disarray for some time so I took a few years off directing and set up my own studio in April 2000 to do Asian co-productions like The Eye,” he says.

Chan is a big-name producer in Hong Kong, having produced films like The Eye horror film trilogy by the Pang brothers and Golden Chicken (2002) starring Sandra Ng, which won three awards at the 40th Annual Golden Horse Awards, including Best Actress.

He is also executive producer for the Hollywood adaptation of The Eye which will be directed by Hideo Nakata and star Renee Zellweger.

“If I didn’t produce my own work, I would be subjecting my career to others’ hands. And in this line, it’s three strikes and you’re out.”

For his next film, he plans to make a period action drama, tentatively titled Assassination of Ma, which is about China in a period of strife and war in the late 1800s.

“Perhaps Love was a new way of expression for me after doing so many love movies. I see it as the last film of the first stage of my filmmaking career.

“I want to move into a second stage,” he says. – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

‘Perhaps Love’ opens in local cinemas on Dec 8.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Dream cast a dream to work with !

By Chang May Choon
November 06, 2005


IN his new musical movie, Perhaps Love, Hong Kong director Peter Chan assembles an Asian dream cast: Hong Kong's Jacky Cheung, China's Zhou Xun, South Korea's Ji Jin Hee and Taiwanese-Japanese Takeshi Kaneshiro.

Peter sat down and told The New Paper what he thinks about the four stars:

TAKESHI KANESHIRO, 32 years old
# Reel life: Jian Dong, a stage actor who carries the pain of being jilted by songstress Sun Na 10 years ago, until they meet again.
# Real life: He is the biggest surprise in this movie. I expected the least of him because he is still considered more of an idol than a credible actor. I was worried initially, but as it turns out, the bigger the worry, the bigger the surprise.

Takeshi asked lots of questions, and he contributed very good ideas to the movie. Few actors are able to understand their roles better than the director, but Takeshi did. You'd think someone as suave as he is would never be jilted, but he said it has happened to him before.

His devotion to his role is stronger than anyone else's. He brought his own character, emotions and energy into his role, and he even helped me to write lines. He was averse to singing initially, and he wasn't confident of his singing. No doubt he started out as a singer, but he really prefers acting and he doesn't miss those early days. He wanted to reserve the right not to sing if he couldn't do it well, but I convinced him that if he could read his lines, he could sing. It's the emotions conveyed in the singing that counts.

ZHOU XUN, 29 years old
# Reel life: Sun Na, a materialistic and ambitious stage actress who is forced to face her old flame when fate reunites them in a musical alongside her current lover.
# Real life: She is 100 per cent the opposite of her character. She plays a materialistic woman who forsakes her past, but in real life, she is someone who will give up everything for love.

In one scene, she has to get on a bus and leave the male protagonist behind. I told her to do it without turning back. But she kept turning around and couldn't get on the bus. Her point was, if she really likes him so much, why can't she look at him one more time?

No matter how cold and hard a woman is, there is always one soft spot in her heart. Zhou Xun brought that softness out in her character.

JACKY CHEUNG, 44 years old
# Reel life: Nie Wen, Sun Na's current lover, a powerful director who has groomed her into the top actress that she is.
# Real life: Jacky is the most easy-going person among the cast, and he has the most qin he li (audience affinity).

But he is also the most opinionated one. He has his own set of principles, and he'll insist on his own opinions. Once he decides on something, you can't change his mind. In one scene, he had to stand in the middle of a very high platform, but he stayed by the side and every time I told him to move, he'd just move a bit.

He said it made him giddy and even told me to go up there and see for myself. Usually he'd do everything for the movie, so this must mean he's really afraid of heights.

JI JIN HEE, 34 years old
# Reel life: Montage, an angel who descends upon earth to explore that unfathomable thing called love, and bridges the rift between the two long-separated lovers.
# Real life: When I contacted Ji Jin Hee to fill in the role because a certain superstar (Andy Lau) opted out, he flew to Hong Kong to audition within three days.

He has the least screen time, but he stayed around for two whole months. He learnt Mandarin from scratch, and also learnt singing and dancing. Can you believe that he had never gone disco-dancing when he was young?

He is very introverted, but very hardworking. He is not linguistically gifted, but he worked very hard to memorise all his lines. He even flew back to Hong Kong three times to re-record his lines. His professionalism is top notch.

Source: newpaper.asia1.com.sg

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Gaga digs into 'Banquet'

By PATRICK FRATER, Fri., Nov. 4, 2005, 8:06pm PT

Gaga Communications has bought Japanese rights to mainland Chinese movie "The Banquet," which reunites many key elements from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" around star helmer Feng Xiaogang.
Deal, understood to be in excess of $5 million, is said to be the biggest Japanese buy of a Chinese film. Ziyi Zhang and Ge You star in the period pic, loosely inspired by "Hamlet." Currently shooting in Beijing, it is expected to wrap by January.

Production budget is some $20 million, put together by the Huayi brothers from China and Hong Kong's Media Asia, with the latter taking the foreign sales role. Deal was concluded by Media Asia topper Peter Lam, Gaga chairman Tom Yoda and Gaga CEO Yasuhide Uno.

With the Japanese deal now in place, Media Asia expects to be able to coordinate a full pan-Asian release close to Christmas 2006.

Chinese martial arts master Yuen Wo-ping is choreographing the action sequences. Tim Yip designed the sets, and Tan Dun is committed to scoring the film. Trio worked on Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," with Yip and Tan winning Academy Awards for their efforts.

Media Asia previously repped Feng's "A World Without Thieves" as co-financier and foreign sales agent for Huayi. Media Asia and Gaga recently worked together on Japanese-language co-production "Initial D."

Ge, winner of the actor prize at Cannes in 1994 for Zhang Yimou's "To Live," is a Feng regular. He has appeared in six of the director's pics, including "Big Shot's Funeral" and "Cell Phone."

Zhang will next be seen in Japanese helmer Seijun Suzuki's "Operetta Tanuki Goten" ("Princess Raccoon") and Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha," for Spyglass Entertainment.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

It's not all song and dance !

Posted: 02 November 2005 0734 hrs - By Jeanine Tan, Copyright © 2005 MCN International Pte Ltd.

WHen Takeshi Kaneshiro watched the playback of one of his scenes in Perhaps Love, he told director Peter Chan: "I have so much feeling for this film. How can I make another film when I don't think I could feel the same way again?"

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That kind of intensity characterises the much-hyped musical, which closed this year's Venice Film Festival and has been nominated as Hong Kong's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

In Perhaps Love, which is set in Shanghai's show business world in the 1930s, Kaneshiro and China actress Zhou Xun play actors who were once lovers. Their paths cross again when the pair is cast opposite each other in a musical directed by Zhou's new lover, who is played by Jacky Cheung.

"The film is about memories, about forgetting and remembering. Takeshi's character is obsessive in the way he tries to preserve memories of an event he should forget, while Zhou Xun is obsessive in trying to forget an event that she should remember," Chan told Today yesterday.

"What I wanted for the film is for the audience to go back and think about their pasts. If you're old enough and have been through enough relationships, I'm sure you've had someone you've had to let go along the way."

Chan was in town to launch a series of events leading up to the release of the film here on Dec 8. His visit precedes the arrival of Kaneshiro and Zhou here on Dec 3.

While the US$10 million ($16.9 million) Perhaps Love has been marketed as a musical, only a third of the film involves singing and dancing.

Chan admitted that he was not a fan of musicals and he did not want his actors to break into song suddenly, as is the way in conventional musicals. As a result, he spent two years perfecting a script. "When people sing and dance, they do it legitimately because of the musical within a musical structure," he said.

The exploration of the many layers of love, which has been a consistent theme in Chan's films, is once again seen in Perhaps Love.

"Chinese people are introverted and subtle when it comes to relationships. Most of the time, there are misunderstandings in a relationship because people don't talk about their feelings.

"Likewise, in the film, the characters can't express their feelings and they rely on the script and the songs in the musical to express their frustrations."

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