Category: Films

The Great War Teaser Trailer

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.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Returns to Theaters

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.

14th Macau International Movie Festival

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.

Golden Crane Awards

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.

Ziyi to star in ‘The Murderer’

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.

FIRST Youth Film Festival

As you may already know, Ziyi was the Jury president of the 16th FIRST Youth Film Festival in Xining this year. She attended a few events, including a screening of The Grandmaster, a press conference of the jury and of course the closing ceremony. There, she announced the best film’s winner: One and Four, directed by Jigme Trinley.

My Country, My Parents – “诗” (Poem) Trailer

The theatrical trailer of My Country, My Parents focusing of Ziyi’s short Poetry (诗) was just released. Ziyi is starring alongside Huang Xuan. We also uploaded a new poster and sceencaptures of this trailer in the gallery.

More information about My Country, My Parents

Zhang Rui from the Chinese website China.org.cn shared a few interesting facts about My Father, My Forefathers (my own maladroit translation). He mentioned that the film was tentatively titled Me and My Father. Let’s call it My Father, My Forefathers before anything official appears (Update: the film is now titled My Country, My Parents).

Actress Zhang Ziyi, actor-and-director Wu Jing, comedian Shen Teng, and actor-and-director Xu Zheng come together to direct four short films as part of a new anthology drama paying tribute to China’s families.
Tentatively titled “Me and My Father,” the project focuses on normal Chinese families in four different eras, as well as their collective memories. According to the production company, China Film Co., Ltd., the project looks to shed light on family relationships and how parental love can enlighten children.

The new film will be included as the final installment of “National Day Celebration” trilogy. Though the films are not connected in terms of their storylines, their themes echo the idea of creating a national tribute through the perspectives of normal people.

“It’s very challenging for me during the creative process, but with sincere and strong emotions, we will show our respect for the selfless dedication of our elder generations,” said Zhang Ziyi, whose short film in the patriotic omnibus will be her directorial debut.

“Me and My Father” will debut on this year’s National Day on Oct. 1, 2021.

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