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.
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.
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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.
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.
After My People, My Country and My People, My Homeland, a new entry (我和我的父辈) of the nationalist anthology trilogy is slated for an October 1st release in Chinese theaters, and Ziyi is both directing and acting in the second short. Here’s is the first official trailer with both behind-the-scenes footages and actual clips of the movie.
It was rumoured a while ago. Ziyi’s characters in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the “Mothra Twins”, were supposed to reunite in a post-credit scene that was never filmed. Director Michael Dougherty posted the concept art of the scene on his Instagram.
The artwork shows the character of Doctor Ilene Chen, played by Zhang Ziyi, walking through a ramen bar towards a secret tunnel. There she meets with her twin sister Doctor Ling Chen, and they have a brief conversation. Then Ilene Chen enters a room containing the egg of the noble kaiju Mothra, being taken care of by her twin daughters.
The full importance of this scene will be readily apparent to those versed in early Godzilla movies lore. Traditionally, Mothra was depicted as a deity and protector of a group of humans living on an island. Mothra interacted with the islanders through the Shobijin, which refers to twin sisters who have the ability to commune with Mothra.
While the lore of the Shobjin was not explored in King of the Monsters, the post-credit scene would have confirmed they were indeed a part of the movie. It would have also confirmed that the responsibility of taking care of the Mothra egg has been passed on from Doctor Chen and her twin sister to her twin daughters, who are the new Shobjin.
Instead, the special relationship between the two Chen sisters and Mothra was only hinted at in the film. However, with the reveal of the scrapped post-credits scene, Dougherty has pretty much confirmed that a reborn Mothra will be making an appearance in the next film in the series.
To read more about it, check the article on MovieWeb.