Domestic movies to suit all tastes introduced during festival
A wave of new domestic film productions and upcoming projects covering a wide range of genres were announced yesterday at the ongoing 20th Shanghai International Film Festival.
A founding member of the film "The Founding of An Army".
By Joyce Xu
They promised movies to appeal to all tastes, including action, comedy, epic, suspense and documentary.
French actor Jean Reno, Taiwan actor Tony Yeung and mainland actress Zhang Jingchu brought their latest offering, "The Adventurers," to the festival.
The action comedy by Stephen Fung tells the story of a treasure hunt to a castle by a group of thieves.
Reno said he depicts a cop in the movie, one who has a special relationship with the thief.
"It was a fantastic time to work with director Fung," Reno added. "He had a clear idea of what he wanted in the movie."
The film's spectacular car racing and action scenes were shot in Cannes, Prague and Kiev and it will be released on August 11. The official trailers were released yesterday at the festival.
One of China's sixth-generation filmmakers, Zhang Yang, yesterday premiered his new road movie "Paths of the Soul." The story about the power of faith follows four Tibetan Buddhist families' 2,500-kilometer pilgrimage to the holy mountain Kangrinboqe. Popular singer Pu Shu created the theme song, "No Fear In My Heart," for the film.
"Still Tomorrow," an award-winning documentary by Fan Jian, also premiered yesterday at the Shanghai Film Art Center. The film, produced by Youku, portrays the life and loves of female village poet Yu Xiuhua who suffers cerebral palsy.
It won the Jury Grand Prix at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival last year and will start screening nationwide on July 2.
Youku spokesman Yu Hongmiao said the company will continue exploring in its productions touching, real-life news stories which reflect people's current values and thoughts. "A lot more talented documentary filmmakers in China will be supported and helped to bring such compelling stories to the big screen," he said.
Hong Kong director Andrew Lau introduced the festival to his new history epic, "The Founding of An Army," which will be released nationally on July 28. Starring mainland actors Liu Ye and Zhu Yawen, the film depicts the Nanchang Uprising, a famous event on August 1, 1927, and portrays how the People's Liberation Army of China was founded.
Zhujiang Film Group also announced a couple of film projects which are mainly targeted at young cinema-goers.
Famous Hong Kong action director Yuen Woo-ping will helm an action-packed blockbuster, "Old Fellows," which stars Hong Kong actors Francis Ng, Louis Koo and Simon Yam. The film will start production in October.
Yuen said the film is about brotherhood, humanity and promise and will feature a lot of impressive martial arts and gun fight scenes. It will also portray delicate human emotions and relationships.
Hong Kong talk show star Dayo Wong will collaborate with actress Charmaine Sheh in the film comedy "Stand-up Agent" which tells the hilarious story of a private detective.
Mainland actress Huang Yi will also play a single mother in suspense thriller "Plate Ghost," a story about revenge for love.
Well-known film maker Ning Hao attended the festival with his newly-produced martial arts film "Brotherhood of Blades."
Starring Taiwan actor Chang Chen and mainland actress Yang Mi, the film is about an ancient Chinese imperial guard who tries to uncover the truth behind an intrigue. The film opened the festival's Jackie Chan Action Movie Week yesterday and will go into general release in China on August 11.
festival’s history and achievements is also being held at 20 venues spread across the city, including cinemas, shopping malls and subway stations.
The exhibition displays historic photos, posters and lists of winning movies and artists over the last two decades. Local film enthusiasts are encouraged to share their own dreams about motion picture and stories related to the festival at a composition event.
At the festival’s awards ceremony on the evening of June 25, the Rainbow Chamber Singers will perform some of the age-old classics to take the audience down memory lane. Three short films about the city’s connection with movies will also be screened at the ceremony.