Monday, June 16, 2008

Raintree's horror flick "Painted Skin" creates buzz in Shanghai

SHANGHAI: MediaCorp Raintree Pictures is releasing the first pictures of its much anticipated horror-flick "Painted Skin" at the 11th Shanghai Film Festival.

For the first time, six Singapore feature films will be screened under a dedicated country showcase at the film festival, an honour given to only two other countries this year - Germany and Italy.

Two of the Singapore films, Wee Li Lin's "Gone Shopping" and Han Yew Kwang's "18 Grams of Love", are competing for the Asia New Talent Award.

The much anticipated mystery surrounding China's first eastern supernatural movie - "Painted Skin" - has also been revealed.

The US$15 million movie is also the first co-production between China's Ningxia Film Studio, Shanghai Film Group and Singapore's MediaCorp Raintree Pictures.

Other partners for the project include China's Ningxia Film Studio, Salon Films, Golden Sun Films and New Film Association.

The movie is expected to hit the big screens in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia on September 28.

Based on one of the most chilling stories from the book "The Strange Tales of Liaozhai", "Painted Skin" is about a hideous spirit that wears the skin of a beautiful woman to prey on unsuspecting men.

The movie boasts a stellar cast, including China's Zhou Xun, Sun Li, Vicky Zhao Wei and Chen Kun, Hong Kong's action hero Donnie Yen, and Singapore-based Chinese actor Qi Yuwu.

Qi Yuwu, who is a MediaCorp artiste, said: "The whole movie was shot in the coldest winter in the last 50 years in China. So during the filming, because it was very cold, and sometimes my hands and expressions were all like frozen, so it's very challenging."

Even before the release of the movie, there is already talk of a second adaptation of Pusongling's novel, "Liaozhai".

Daniel Yun, managing director of MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, said: "Because it is groundbreaking to have a supernatural film to be shown in China, and to have such a global attention of this film, to talk about a second adapt is very logical." - CNA/ac


Some more Zhou Xun's stills in the movie


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