More About “She’s Got No Name”

Yesterday, the official poster of She’s Got No Name was featured on the Screen‘s dailies for the 2nd day of the Cannes Film Festival.

Recently, Peter Chan gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter in which he shared some anecdotes about the film. Here are some excerpts from the article.

“It was one of the most celebrated cases of vilifying domestic violence and even of women’s power way back in the ’40s,” Chan said on a recent afternoon in the Hong Kong office of his We Pictures and Changin’ Pictures production houses. “We tried to find the reason [for the murder], and we gave it a very feudal reason of beliefs that if your body is not whole, you would not get into your next life because otherwise, in ancient Chinese feudal beliefs, you would meet again — it doesn’t matter whether or not you kill him. So to the woman, it was like ‘OK, I’ll kill him in his life. I’ll dismember him so that it doesn’t matter if I go to jail, or be executed, at least I won’t see him again. I’ll be free of him.’ ”

Chan was first presented with the Zhan-Zhou story as a film possibility in 2016. To tap into the project’s possibilities as a piece of film noir, Chan and his team first looked to shooting in the northern city of Tianjin, which retained parts of its old city that more closely resembled 1940s Shanghai. They even considered shooting in London.

Eventually, Chan landed on the Hongkou District of Shanghai, known as “Little Tokyo” during World War I and also part of the city’s International Settlement district, which was featured in Steven Spielberg’s 1987 World War II drama Empire of the Sun. Remarkably, the district has until recently been left relatively untouched by modernization, in terms of the foundations of its architecture, at least. Chan found he could rebuild and fit out certain sites to resemble recaptured Shanghai over the decades. 

“It’s been one of the last districts to be developed,” explains Chan. “It’s now called North Bund, but it’s pretty untouched. We were behind one of the oldest cinemas in town — the Victory Cinema — and that whole neighborhood was where the early Shanghai film business was [in the 1920s]. It was like old Hollywood, so the buildings were modernized, but we were able to dress it all up like it was 1945.”

But Chan discovered he could only shut out the modern world for so long: “The funny thing was, the minute we started building, there were literally 40,000-50,000 people turning up to take photos for their social media accounts on the weekends. So they ended up blocking it all off.”

“I always like to wander away from my comfort zone,” says Chan. “I told Jake I want to make a film that doesn’t look like my films at all. There were many visual reference points, from Hong Kong photographer Fan Ho to Edward Hopper, and it doesn’t look like anything I have done before.”

“She’s Got No Name” New Poster, Stills and More

More and more information is surfacing online about Ziyi’s next film, She’s Got No Name. First of all, the premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival is rumored to be on May 24th, one day before the closing ceremony. A gorgeous and mysterious official English poster has also been released.
 

We’ve also uploaded the first official stills of Ziyi in the gallery.

Finally, an official press kit has also appeared online. Even though it may reveal a few spoilers here and there, it includes a lot of details: the main characters, the director’s intentions, the crew and more.

GQ April 2024

GQ April 2024

Ziyi and Peter Chan are currently on the cover of the Chinese edition of GQ, officially launching the promotion of She’s Got No Name. The glamourous 1940s inspired photoshoot was just uploaded to the gallery.

Three short films were also released by GQ. The Waiting features Peter Chan and Ziyi conversing about the filming of She’s Got No Name while waiting for the movie to start in a theatre. In The Waiting of an Actress, Ziyi talks about her role, whereas The Waiting of a Director focuses on the work of Peter Chan.

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Tod’s Promotion Trip in Venice

From April 18th to April 20th, Ziyi visited Venice to attend promotional events for the Italian luxury brand Tod’s. Her first stop was at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco for a gala dinner.

The next day, she participated in the 60th Art Biennale, attending the Tod’s “The Art Of Craftmanship”.

We also updated the gallery with various pictures of Ziyi visiting the city.

Cast of “She’s Got No Name” Announced

A new poster for She’s Got No Name was just published on Weibo featuring the official cast members. Notable additions are Mei Ting, Ziyi’s former classmate at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, Zhang Yu, director Zhang Jianya and more.

“She’s Got No Name” Presented at Cannes

After weeks of speculation, it’s now confirmed that Ziyi will be at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in May. She’s Got No Name, tentatively called The Murderer, will effectively be screened at the prestigious festival out of competition. Here’s the video of the announcement of the official selection.

The Murderer: End of Filming

After more than 3 months of shooting in Shanghai, Peter Chan has finally wrapped the filming of his latest project, The Murderer. For the occasion, and if you haven’t seen them already, I’ll leave here some pictures of the locations. No set pictures with Ziyi so far, but it’s still worth checking out.

  

Happy Birthday Ziyi!

Happy birthday to the one and only Zhang Ziyi! 生日快乐!