After more than a year of filming, Chen Kaige’s new epic war film The Great War finally wrapped filming. For the occasion, posters of the massive cast were released in and out character on Chinese social medias. We’ve also updated a few screencaptures of the clip made for the occasion.
On June 10th, Ziyi attended the event Her Film Era Forum: Life Without Limits co-presented by Shanghai International Film Festival and Dior at the newly renovated Shengli Cinema in Shanghai with Hong Kong director Peter Chan. The actress accepted the Dior Female Filmmaker of the Year award.
The same day, Ziyi and Peter Chan then traveled to Suzhou to attend the 2023 Weibo Movie Awards, where they appeared together on the red carpet. They both shared some details about their upcoming collaboration, tentatively titled Murder of the Husband or The Murderer. Peter Chan told the interviewer that he’s been hoping to work with Ziyi for about 20 years. Afterwards, Ziyi and Shen Teng won Influential Filmmaker of the Year.
As stated by Peter Chan that day, the filming Murder of the Husband has not started yet, but it’s likely to start in Shanghai in the coming months.
On April 21st, Ziyi joined the cast and crew of The Great War to promote the film at the opening ceremony of the 13th Beijing International Film festival. Once again, she was effortlessly stunning. A poster of Ziyi’s character Tang Sheng was also released, along with a new theatrical trailer, without any trace of Ziyi at all.
The next day, Ziyi attended the press conference of this year’s Aranya Theater Festival, of which she is one the the artistic directors.
The rumor was circulating on Chinese medias for a while already, but it’s now official that Ziyi is among the cast of Chen Kaige’s next epic war film The Great War. The teaser trailer was released today. According to Douban, the film will be release in China on September 30, 2023.
Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is officially returning to North American theaters on February 17, 2023 in a 4k restoration, 23 years after its initial release. Sony Pictures Classics made the announcement of their official Twitter account.
Ziyi was at the 14th Macau International Movie Festival today. She ended up winning both Best Actress and Best Director for her short Poem in the patriotic anthology film My Country, My Parents.
Ziyi just won two prizes at the 7th Golden Crane Awards in Japan. Affiliated with the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival, the China Film Week celebrates and honors Chinese cinema with the Golden Crane Awards. This Year, Ziyi was awarded Best Actress and Best New Director for My Country, My parents. The actress unsurprisingly couldn’t attend the ceremony in Japan, but nonetheless sent a video that can be watched below.
After a few attempts to work with Peter Chan, particularly a book adaptation that was in development for years ironically called Waiting with Takeshi Kaneshiro, Ziyi may work with the Hong Kong director after all. Variety and Screen Daily are reporting that she will lead the suspense thriller The Murderer.
Projects starring Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi are among the independently produced TV series to be launched on the sidelines of this week’s Busan International Film Festival. The company responsible is Changin’ Pictures, a would-be studio being hatched by Hong Kong-based film director and producer Peter Chan Ho-sun.
Chan himself will direct Zhang in “The Murderer,” a suspense thriller set in 1944 Shanghai. Based on real events, the story focuses on a woman who is accused of murdering and dismembering her abusive husband. “By depicting the vagaries of her various trials, this series exposes the vicissitudes of leadership change in China from Japanese Occupation to the Nationalist government to the birth of new China,” Changin’ Pictures said.
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi is set to star in The Murderer, a true crime suspense thriller based on a case in 1940s Shanghai. Chan will direct the thriller in which Zhang plays a woman accused of dismembering her husband.