Budding Taiwanese director, Alexi Tan (Chen Yili?!?), who’s first feature film tanked critically, and yet gave those who watched it a gleam of hope for the future of Taiwan cinema, has tapped into less examined aspect of Chinese cinema, the short film. He’s nabbed stars Liu Ye and Gao Yuan Yuan for the leads in his 10 min short for a clothing brand.
The barely legal cast of the 2009 version of “The Dream of the Red Chamber” went to every young Chinese’s dream vacation spot, Jiang Xi’s old red guard district, where the red revolutionaries used to live.
Some of the elderly in this still underdeveloped part of China told them to read the novel many times and other sound advice that probably isn’t going to make much of an impression on them since filming is already well underway. This seems like a gimmick by the producers to ingratiate their cast to the seniors of China, who will probably be a large chunk of the viewership for this drama. They want to send a message, that these kids are not hip and cool, and can of course play these classic characters.
An unknown, graduate of the People’s Liberation Army School of Arts Dance Department , Yang Yang is playing Jia Baoyu. I had my doubts before but the picture of him looking slightly amused yet bewildered below really seems to suit the role. Chinese netizens are still torn over this, and can’t make up their mind whether he’s ugly or not.
More pictures of them mingling with the older folk and fake red guards…plus a picture of Yang Yang doing ballet just for good measure.