Wednesday, March 15, 2006

"Perhaps Love" Bookend 49th San Francisco International Film Festival

Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love" will open the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, organizers of the event, revealed this week. Chan will attend the event at the historic Castro Theatre along with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and visiting Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe. Seen through a series of flashbacks and "film-within-a-film numbers," "Perhaps Love" is described by the event as a "lavish and heartfelt romantic triangle set in Shanghai and Beijing," starring Jacky Cheung ("July Rhapsody"), Zhou Xun ("Suzhou River"), Takeshi Kaneshiro ("House of Flying Daggers") and Jee Jin-hee ("If You Were Me"). The film was Hong Kong's official entry for best foreign-language consideration for the 78th Academy Awards.


A scene from Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love," which will open the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival. Image courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.

"We are very excited to welcome Peter Chan back to the International and to open for the first time with a film from Hong Kong," commented Graham Leggat, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society in a statement about the opening film. "'Perhaps Love' is an ambitious and richly satisfying work. Full of artistry in every frame, it blends Asian and Western musical and romantic cinematic influences to create an epic, elegiac tale of love and loss."

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Friday, March 10, 2006

"The Banquet" to Premiere in September

CRI Exclusive - Chinese commercial film director Feng Xiaogang's new martial arts film "The Banquet" will finally grace audiences this September.

According to the president of the Huayi Brothers film company, Wang Zhongjun, the premiere is aimed at the Chinese golden holidays during the first week of October, and will be in the running for an Oscar nomination next year.

Wang says director Feng Xiaogang will work on post-production in Canada, scheduled to be finished before the end of August.


(Poster of "The Banquet" / China Photo Press)

"The Banquet" is Feng's latest film after his New Year's movie hits "Cell Phone" and "A World Without Thieves". The two films were the No. 1 and No. 3 films in China in 2003 and 2004, making Feng one of the most successful commercial film directors in China.

"The Banquet", starring rising Asian film stars Zhang Ziyi and Zhou Xun, mainland actor Ge You and Hong Kong's Daniel Wu, has been described as a loose adaptation of Hamlet, featuring royal conflicts and revenge in 10th century China.

Source: http://en.chinabroadcast.cn/

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Stars Lead Chinese Forbes

HONG KONG (AP) - NBA star Yao Ming topped Forbes magazine's annual mainland Chinese celebrity rankings for the second consecutive year, but Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi dropped a spot to No. 3.

She was replaced by actress Zhou Xun, the star of the musical movie Perhaps Love. Director Zhang Yimou and pop diva Faye Wong dropped out of the top 10 after relatively low-profile years in 2005.







Li Yuchun, winner of China's successful Super Girls singing contest in 2005 - the Chinese equivalent of American Idol - cracked the top 10, landing at No. 6.

Famed art-house director Chen Kaige was a big mover, rocketing from outside the top 100 to No. 8, thanks to the buildup for his new epic mythology flick The Promise.

The Forbes annual ranking, posted on its website Friday, is based on income and media exposure within China.

Rounding out the top 10 are singer-actress Zhao Wei, at No. 4, Olympic gold medalist hurdler Liu Xiang at No. 5 and actress Fan Bingbing at No. 7. In ninth and tenth place were singer Sun Nan and actress Li Bingbing respectively.

Actress Zhang's co-star in Memoirs of a Geisha, Gong Li, was No. 13. English Premier League soccer player Sun Jihai was ranked No. 23.

According to Forbes, Yao raked in 170 million Chinese yuan (US$21.1 million) in 2005. He appeared on Chinese TV 228 times, was mentioned in newspapers 8,050 times and made four magazine covers. Yao was searched on the Internet nearly four million times.

Yao's consolidation of his No. 1 spot was helped by his new deal with the Houston Rockets. The centre signed a five-year contract worth more than $75 million in September.

Yao is a huge source of national pride after breaking into the upper echelons of a sport mainly dominated by foreigners.

Zhang, who made her name with the Ang Lee-directed kung fu movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, out-earned counterpart Zhou and was reported on in newspapers and searched over the Internet more frequently, but Zhou scored 69 more TV appearances than Zhang's 101.

Zhou was boosted by the popularity of her new movie Perhaps Love, in which she delivered a subtle portrayal of a movie actress caught between her past and present loves. The film was also a unique pop culture product, blending a Chinese setting, a western-style musical and Bollywood dance choreography.

Source: Min Lee - http://jam.canoe.ca/Books/2006/03/10/1481842-ap.html

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Chinese film festival in Paris

Chinese film festival in Paris was openned on Feb 28th, 2006. Zhou Xun was one of deputation's member. This festival will last 1 week and 16 chinese film will be showned

Zhou Xun in the openning ceremony





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