As the official ambassador of the 3rd Hainan International Film Festival, a video of Ziyi introducing the festival was just released.
Ziyi announced yesterday that she will serve as an official ambassador for this year’s Hainan Film Festival. The opening ceremony is set for December 5th.
Ziyi was in Shanghai again to promote Clé de Peau Beauté. She also accepted an interview for Teacher Xu that you can watch in the Video Archives.
Ziyi made her first public appearance of the year in Shanghai. She was photographed on the red carpet of a Lanvin event. Some pictures and two videos were added.
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 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.
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.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the 45th edition of the Toronto Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled, but in a “reimagined physical and digital” form. Ziyi will serve as one of the many ambassadors of the upcoming edition.
For 2020, TIFF will be welcoming TIFF Ambassadors, 50 celebrated filmmakers and actors invited to help TIFF deliver a strong Festival this year for the film industry. They will include Ava DuVernay, Darren Aronofsky, Taika Waititi, Anurag Kashyap, Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, Nadine Labaki, Alfonso Cuarón, Tantoo Cardinal, Riz Ahmed, Rian Johnson, Jason Reitman, Isabelle Huppert, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan, Priyanka Chopra, Viggo Mortensen, Zhang Ziyi, David Oyelowo, Lulu Wang, Rosamund Pike, Sarah Gadon, and Denis Villeneuve, to name a few.
We don’t know much about Ziyi’s participation for now. Stay tuned for more updates…