Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Costumed design of spy movie "The Message"

"The Message" is an upcoming World War Two espionage thriller. The film's official website was launched recently, and viewers got a sneak peak for the much-anticipated movie through its trailer. Its all-star cast is the key draw, but the costume design is also getting a lot of attention.

The movie gathers some of the country's A-list movie stars, including Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing, Zhang Hanyu, and Alec Su.

The story was set in 1942 in Nanjing. Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion home for questioning. A tense game of cat and mouse ensues as the Chinese code-breaker attempts to send out a crucial message while protecting his own identity.

Timmy Yip worked as costume designer for the movie. As a renowned artist, he has multi-disciplinary works in costume design, visual art, and contemporary art. He is most well known for "Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon", for which he won an Oscar for Best Art Direction.

Costumed designer Timmy Yip said, "Costumes in that era are not as simple as they look. They contain a lot of properties. I conducted extensive research beforehand and found quite a lot of information in previous films. Finally, we decided to go with the cheong-sam for the lead actresses."

Accessories were also featured heavily in this darkly rich espionage thriller. Officers and soldiers of various military regimes wore starkly different uniforms of different colors and patterns. Tim has specially accentuated the tailoring, which made the outfits all fit closely. He tailored the costumes according to each actor's physique.

Timmy Yip said, "For the military uniforms, I gave prominence to its tailoring."

Actor Wang Zhiwen said, "I like it so much. It's the first time for me to see such costumes in a mainland movie."

The film's two lead actresses Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing wore the cheong-sam, with which Tim has long been fascinated. Tim's unique aesthetics have helped the world understand the beauty of Chinese culture and arts.

The two actresses star as two code-breakers. They present different looks on the film's poster. Zhou Xun, best know for her highly emotional roles, puts on an passive and thoughtful face. Li Bingbing, who plays Zhou Xun's senior, appears in the poster with a questioning, sober, and intellectual look.

Actress Zhou Xun said, "It's the first time for me to star alongside Li Bingbing. There's a scene for us two have a dialogue that is as long as twelve minutes. With concerted effort, we finished it in one day."

Lead actress Lin Bingbing said, "We just throw everything aside and focus on our acting. You can see it when the film goes on general release. It must be very stimulating."

The film is produced by China's leading movie production company, Huayi Brothers, and is set to be released in October.

Source: http://www.grooveasia.com/news/item.aspx?id=2091


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Famous Chinese actress Zhou Xun seen in Hanoi

VOVNews photographers took shots of the famous Chinese actress Zhou Xun in Hanoi on July 28 as she posed for photos near the Metropole Hanoi and Hanoi Opera House.

The actress suddenly appeared in Hanoi on July 26 and then went on a tour of the Old Quarter and some areas around the city.

The actress stayed in Hanoi from July 26-28 under a contract for some commercial shots at Hanoi and Long Bien railway stations, the Metropole Hotel and Hanoi Opera House.

A team of more than 100 staff hired two carriages on the Victoria Express Train and prepared all the facilities for the actress to take the photos.

Zhou Xun is a talented Chinese actress and has won high awards with such films as The Equation of Love and Death, Painted Skin and All About Women.

Source: http://english.vovnews.vn


Zhou Xun shoots at Hanoi railway station

VietNamNet Bridge – In the afternoon on July 27, Zhou Xun posed in two carriages at the Hanoi Railway Station for advertisements. She will take photos at some places in Hanoi this morning, July 28, and return to China on July 29.

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July 27th 2009, Zhou Xun took photos at the Hanoi Railway Station from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

Four cars took Zhou Xun to the Hanoi Railway Station, among them, there were three similar ones. It was difficult for paparazzi to guess which car Zhou Xun stayed in.

A staff of the station said that Zhou Xun's team hired the international through traffic room to rest. However, just staffs stayed in the room, Zhou Xun relaxed in a luxurious carriage which was special used as background for photos. Inside of the carriage was full of conveniences, like a small room in a hotel.

"Zhou Xun looks more beautiful than on TV" said a safeguard of the station after closely seeing the star in "Tangerines have ripen". "She is so beautiful", said most of station staffs.

It was reported tomorrow (aka July 28th) Zhou Xun would take photos in some other places in Hanoi. She would return China on July 29th.

Translated by Mylove
Source: http://dantri.com.vn


Chinese movie star secretly visits Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Zhou Xun, an internationally-acclaimed Chinese actress and singer, suddenly appeared in Hanoi on July 26 afternoon to advertise for a big commercial brand.

Zhou Xun was one of the "Four Young Dan actresses" in China in the early 2000s, along with Zhang Ziyi, Xu Jinglei and Zhao Wei.

In the afternoon on July 26, the Chinese superstar paid a visit to the Hanoi Old Quarter and some other relics. Zhou Xun’s visit to Hanoi was very secret and her activities in the city were monitored strictly by security.

This morning, July 27, Zhou Xun took photos at the Hanoi railway station on two carriages of the luxurious Victoria Express travel train, with a team of over 100 people.

The Chinese movie star will stay in Hanoi until July 28 to feature in an advertising video clip shot at the Hanoi railway station, the Long Bien Bridge, the Metropole Hotel and the Hanoi Opera House.

Zhou Xun was born to a middle-class family. Her father was a local film projectionist and her mother a salesperson at a department store.

While she was in her teens and schooling, she was handpicked for a role in the movie Strange Tales Amongst Old and Desolate Tombs.

Zhou Xun caught international attention through her roles in Lou Ye’s Suzhou River in 2000 (Best Actress, 15th Paris Film Festival) and Dai Sijie’s film adaptation of the book of same name, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, in 2002.

In 2002, she starred in the television series remake of Jin Yong’s martial arts novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes as "Huang Rong" with actor Li Yapeng as her male lead. The series was one of the most watched in mainland China in 2003.

Zhou Xun then successfully entered the Hong Kong film market in Peter Chan’s musical film Perhaps Love in 2005. This role won her the "Best Actress" award in the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critic’s Society Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards, Golden Horse Awards, Beijing Student Film Festival and Hangzhou Student Film Festival.

Aside from acting, she has also released two solo albums, Summer in 2003 and Come Across in 2005, in addition to singing for several motion picture soundtracks including Baober In Love, Xin Bian Guo Le Xi San Meng You Xian Jing, and Perhaps Love.

After Perhaps Love, her next martial arts project was Feng Xiaogang’s The Banquet, in which she played a supporting role. Her singing was also featured in the movie and on the soundtrack.

Zhou’s next effort was Susie Au’s 2007 film Ming Ming, in which she played the title character who is in love with "D" and "Na Na", who has also fallen in love with D. The film won high praise at the 2006 Pusan International Film Festival held in South Korea. On the day of the film release, she also released her new music video, the song of which is the theme song of her film Ming Ming.

Zhou Xun also played in the Beijing Film Academy professor Cao Baoping directed romantic thriller, The Equation of Love and Death, in which she plays the role of a taxicab driver on the lookout for her missing boyfriend. She also plays the lead in Painted Skin, a remake of a classical supernatural thriller of the same name.



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