June 27, 2013 Leave a Comment Public Appearances

Today, Ziyi and Liu Ye were awarded “Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres“. This is one of the highest cultural distinction in France. Ziyi received her medal from the french minister of the culture Aurélie Filipeti in Beijing. The Order of Arts and Letters is a recognition of a significant contribution to the arts and literature.

June 24, 2013 Leave a Comment Films, The Crossing

Previously called Love and Let Love, John Woo’s next film The Crossing will start shooting next month in Beijing…

When James Cameron‘s Titanic is really cooking, I think, it’s when the directoris playing to his strengths. The sequence with Jack hand cuffed to the pipe and Rose needing to get him free is top class stuff. There’s character, suspense, comedy and a little bit of running about. Cameron on top gear.

Some of the film, though, met heaps of criticism, particularly the central love story.

One might expect a similar mix of pedestrian romantic tropes, however well played they might be, and well-practised dynamics in the action and disaster scenes from John Woo‘s next picture, The Crossing.

Or… maybe not, though. Perhaps Woo will trump Cameron and actually nail the love story stuff too. Not sure if that means Cameron will have to hand over his World Crown to Woo in that case.

According to China.Org, The Crossing will start shooting next month. Zhang Ziyi and South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo will be amongst the cast, with several other key roles to still be announced.

The film will be set on aboard the Taipining, a steamer that sank after a collision in 1949. Though it had only been okayed to hold five hundred to six hundred passengers, there were fifteen hundred on board and… I guess it’s a spoiler to tell you what happened, but it wasn’t pretty.

I wonder how much of this will be filmed practically, and what kind of scale the disaster will be on. I’ve seen Woo’s Red Cliff, for example, and know that he can do huge.

And, you know, I’d be prepared to bet you anything that this film ultimately clocks in at an absolute minimum of two and a half hours.

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June 22, 2013 Leave a Comment Magazines, Photoshoots

Ziyi and Tony Leung cover 1st Look, a Korean magazine. The shooting is really gorgeous !

On june 18th Ziyi was in Beijing to attend the Chanel ‘Little Black Jacket’ exhibition. In 2012, Ziyi was photographed by the famous designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Ziyi attended this year Shanghai Film Festival. She was the only cast member attending the press conference promoting My Lucky Star.

Later the same day, she assisted the Bona Lucky Night at Peace Hotel.

The chinese release date for My Lucky was announced during the press conference. It will hit theaters in September 19th this year! They released a new trailer with drawings in sand…

On june 14 Ziyi arrived at South Korea Incheon International Airport with Tony Leung to attend the Chinese Film Festival in Korea.

Indeed, Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” was the opening film of the festival (official website). The cast was reunited to attend a press conference and the premiere of the film.