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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.”

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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Elle China October

Ziyi is the cover of the October’s issue of Elle China, the 35th anniversary edition.

Harper’s Bazaar

While in Paris back in February, Ziyi accepted a photoshoot by the fashion photographer Javier Biosca for the Chinese edition of Harper’s Bazaar. The sublime cover and photos were finally released today.

You can also enjoy this gorgeous short film made to promote the magazine.

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Marie Claire September 2022

Marie Claire September 2022
The Chinese Edition of Marie Claire is featuring Ziyi on their September issue with four different covers. The gorgeous photoshoot was taken by Xu Ruang in Xining, while she was the Director of the jury of the FIRST Youth Film Festival. We updated the website with videos and all the available pictures.
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Harper’s Bazaar Magazine Cover

Another magazine cover for Ziyi. This time, she is featured on the cover of the Chinese edition of Harper’s Bazaar. The artsy black & white photoshoot is the work of famous fashion photographer Chen Man. Enjoy!

On another note, Ziyi was nominated at the 35th Hundred Flowers Awards for her acting in The Climbers. Unsurprisingly, the film didn’t receive a nomination for Best Picture.

Vogue China Magazine Cover

Vogue China Magazine Cover

Vogue China just published the pictures and the cover for its September edition in which Ziyi poses for a gorgeous and artsy photoshoot by Russian photographer Elizaveta Porodina. A short film promoting the magazine was also released.

Marie Claire Magazine Cover

Shortly before she gave birth to her second child, Ziyi accepted a photoshoot for the Chinese edition of Marie Claire. The beautiful photographs were taken by Yu Tsai. The gallery is now updated with these pictures.