Category: Films

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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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.

  

The Murderer Sneak Peak

The filming of Ziyi’s next movie The Murderer is still underway in Shanghai and it should be until sometimes in March, but we have the chance today to watch its very first teaser trailer. The quality is pretty awful, but we’re grateful to whoever filmed it and shared it on Weibo.

The Murderer First Official Announcement

Ziyi’s next movie, The Murderer (酱园弄), a passion project of Hong Kong director Peter Chan that took 7 years of preparation, is finally being filmed in Shanghai. An official teaser poster was just released today on the official Weibo @电影酱园弄, along with a short text:

七年筹备,陈可辛导演电影新作《酱园弄》终于日前开机。各位主演也陆续进组,他们每一位,都因为喜欢剧本,相信角色,来到“酱园弄”,角色各不相同,爱电影的心无差别。十分感谢大家对影片的关注与厚爱。由于本片角色众多,拍摄难度不低,至今仍在搭配组合过程中,为保证台前幕后所有主演、主创全力以赴专注拍摄,我们将待阵容齐整后,再择机与大家分享更多影片信息,官宣全部阵容,主演排序会以其所饰角色的出场顺序为准。唯望不负大家期待。

顺颂时祺。

A lot of rumors and speculation having been circulating online about the cast, but only Ziyi, Lei Jiayin, Li Xian and Jackson Yee have been seen of the set so far. Given that the cast list is very long and not completed yet, they didn’t make anything official so far. More rumored cast members include Yang Mi, Zhao Liying, Shen Teng, Liu Xiaoqing, Joan Chen, Huang Xiaoming, Zhu Yawen, Tong Dawei, Liu Ye and many more.