Monday, May 11, 2009

Top actresses pass on 'The Message'

Check out the latest stills of Huayi Brothers' upcoming espionage thriller "The Message" ("Feng Sheng"), previously "Sound of the Wind".

The film features top Chinese actresses Li Bingbing and Zhou Xun, who play two Chinese agents in Japanese-occupied China during the World War II.

Although the actresses have each won several awards for their previous films, they both agree "The Message" is so well-made that it will become their new representative film.

The film, set for release at the end of this year, is being co-directed by Gao Qunshu and Kuo-Fu Chen, with costumes designed by Oscar-winning designer Timmy Yip.



Sunday, May 10, 2009

Expo green queen

Chinese movie star Zhou Xun receives a certificate from Hong Hao, director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, as she is honored as the first Expo green-commuting ambassador.

Chinese movie star Zhou Xun received a certificate yesterday from Hong Hao, director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, as she was honored as the first Expo green-commuting ambassador.

This green campaign is on the way, and Shanghai people are urged to use public transport or walk and ride bicycles instead of using cars and so contributing to an eco-friendly Expo from May to March, 2011. It will gradually cover the Yangtze River Delta region and then the whole nation.

The campaign aims at raising local residents' awareness about energy saving and environmental protection, thus cutting emissions and curbing the impact of global warming to improve the image of the host city.

Zhou, an internationally acclaimed actress, won best actress honors at the third Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in March for her performance in the film "The Equation of Love and Death."



An Early 'Sound of the Wind'

A series of photos released on April 30, 2009 show actresses Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing working on location for the upcoming spy thriller "Feng Sheng" ("Sound of the Wind").

A series of photos released on April 30, 2009 show actresses Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing working on location for the upcoming spy thriller "Feng Sheng" ("Sound of the Wind").

The stars play two Chinese agents in Japanese-occupied China during World War Two.

Trying to portray the complex life of a spy, Li has challenged herself by taking up smoking and drinking, which the actress says she barely did before.

The film, co-directed by Gao Qunshu ("Tokyo Trial") and Kuo-fu Chen ("Double Vision"), has been attracting attention ever since news broke that it will feature both Zhou and Li, two of the most sought-after actresses in China today.

Male leads include Zhang Hanyu, Huang Xiaoming and Alec Su.



Film star plants trees to decrease carbon footprints

In the run up to the World Expo 2010, film star Zhou Xun is sending out a strong message; Save the money from a cup of coffee, and spend it planting a tree to offset your carbon footprint.

The country's sweetheart is now leading the way to a green fashion by purchasing 238 trees to offset the 19.5 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by her air travel in 2008.

"The trees are planted in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, and I wish I could go there sometime and see them," said Zhou, who was appointed Chinese Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program last year.

"It is not that expensive," Zhou said. "Only about 20 to 30 yuan per tree. That's about a cup of coffee or a bowl of noodles."

Film star Zhou Xun (right) plants trees in Shanghai on May 5. File photo

Zhou was actively involved in what might have been the largest green campaign in the run up to the Beijing Olympic Games. Then, she encouraged people to use public transportation and improve Beijing's air quality.

Now, she is bringing the idea of green commuting to Shanghai, which is poised to host a low-carbon World Expo.

Green commuting promotes eco-friendly ways of traveling. The concept was introduced to China more than three years ago, by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a US-based not-for-profit organization, and China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO).

With 2.4 million cars, traffic congestion has become a big headache in Shanghai in the recent years, with vehicles contributing to 80 percent of air pollution in Shanghai, causing health hazards like high blood lead levels among children and increased incidences of lung cancer among adults.

But Shanghai will not adopt car-control measures that were in force in Beijing during the Olympics, according to Shanghai World Expo Coordination Bureau chief Hong Hao.

This is because Shanghai has fewer motor vehicles than Beijing. The local media reports that Shanghai had 720,000 private cars at the end of 2008, compared to 2.48 million private cars in Beijing.

Without a mandatory car restriction, encouraging voluntary green commuting is becoming even more important.

Zhang Quan, director of Shanghai's environmental protection bureau said that promoting green commuting is in line with Shanghai's goal to host a low-carbon World Expo, as well as constructing an ecologically sound city.

The city has gone one step forward and will introduce an online calculator by July 2009, for citizens to calculate their carbon footprints. The calculator is co-designed by Tongji University and EDF.

"Linking voluntary activities with quantified emission reduction is likely to get more citizens to join the efforts," said Zhang Quan.

Meanwhile, Zhang Jianyu, head of EDF's China program said the company will work closely with local car owner communities and enterprises to encourage more people to use public transportation in the run up to the World Expo.

EDF is also calling upon exhibitors and visitors attending the Shanghai Expo event to travel with greener transportation, such as rail.

"The CO2 generated by their traveling will contribute to the total carbon emission during the Expo, so their choices are crucial for the success of a low-carbon Expo," said Zhang Jianyu.

If traveling by air is inevitable, Zhang recommends following Zhou Xun's carbon offset practices.

Travelers can contribute to the Green Commuting Fund under CANGO, launched with 120,000 yuan from auctioning the 8,895 tons carbon credits earned during the Beijing Olympics, to build a "carbon sink" wood in Shanghai, Zhang said.

With Zhou Xun promising to be carbon neutral, the problem now is, will the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai be carbon neutral? Let's wait and see.

(China Daily 05/11/2009 page3)


Zhou Xun was employed as a “green travel ambassador”

May 5, Zhou Xun was awarded the “Green Expo travel ambassador” letter of appointment. Need to travel as a result of the use of nanny vans, Zhou Xun 233 seedlings subscribed to offset last year by vehicles traveling nanny 60,008 1000 kilometers of carbon dioxide emissions from the road. She set an example to disclose their advocacy of “green living”, from last year have begun to repeat dressing.

As “green travel ambassador” subscription 233 trees

Yesterday, the Shanghai World Expo for Zhou Hong, the Secretary issued a “Green Expo travel ambassador” letter of appointment. Because of the relationship between work, Zhou Xun playing the “flying” frequently, philosophy for environmental protection, she had purchased last year for the 238 seedlings in 2008 offset the mileage of 149,483 kilometers by the flight of the carbon dioxide emissions.

After the press conference, Zhou Xun, together with the media by green bus came to planting trees in botanical gardens. Zhou Xun said frankly: “As the working relationship between the normal travel nanny vans are sitting today, I would like to purchase 233 seedlings to offset last year by vehicles traveling nanny 60,008 1000 kilometers of carbon dioxide emissions from the road.” Plain clothing, she subscribe to the cultivation of seedlings, and to encourage everyone to: “a tree about twenty or thirty dollars, which is equivalent to a cup of coffee, we usually eat a bowl alive, when you spend twenty or thirty dollars a book, bell, you given a power of the earth, please everyone. When you see the green into a botanical garden, the mood will be like me excited. ”

Repeat self-exposing dress shoot boxes

Since the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, promoting green living, Zhou Xun has already begun to pursue vegetarian, “I’m basically 80% are vegetarian.” Female star on the run, the first line up to spend a lot of effort of course, always seek to make innovative changes dizzying, Zhou Xun are willing to plain green, “if you want we will find that a lot of clothes from the last year I started wearing on repeatedly.” In addition, she said the production crew filming in the city-owned and boxes with chopsticks.

Asked about how the production crew is filming the destruction of the environment, Zhou said: “This is mainly the need for awareness promotion, we all consciously, it is not the matter.” She said most crew are very conscious of environmental protection, “in the film “King”, I have told them not to mention, the production crew to everyone on the initiative made a bag lunch and environmental protection. In “Sounds of wind,” the production crew, actors have become very conscious when eating together, on their own show their own lunch boxes, all kinds of places together, very interesting.



Zhou Xun wins "Best actress" in the 16th Beijing Student Film Festival

April 26th 2009, the 16th Beijing Student Film Festival was held in the Beijing Olympic Center. Many stars gathered on the red carpet, Zhou Xun, Donnie Yen, Zhang Jing Chu, director Chen Kaige ...

Due to the role Li Mi in the movie "The Equation of Love and Death", Zhou Xun wins the "Best actress". In the 10th and 13th Beijing Student Film Festival, Zhou Xun was elected as "The most favorite actress". As a result, she makes a record in the festival.

Donnie Yen in "The Yip Man" received the "Best actor", Zhang Jing Chu ("Red river") won "The most favorite actress".

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