The Message (Feng Sheng) movie continues to get the special treatment from Hua Yi, at this point clearly the most powerful entertainment company in China. Earlier, I mentioned that in a strange and rare move, Hua Yi had casted all of its biggest stars for Sound of Wind…Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming, and Zhang Hanyu, showing how important it was to them. Even Alec Su has been relegated to a supporting role. Now with pictures revealing the rich detail of the set, it’s shown that Hua Yi is sparing no expense for the production costs either, saying it was “without limits”. Zhou Xun marveled excitedly that it’s the most lavish set she’s ever been on, and both she and Li Bingbing says that this will be the new definitive work of their career.
Though the settings shown so far are simple…just rooms and offices where clerical affairs take place, and Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing lounge around, the exquisite detail in the design comes through. It is not ostentatious but it is clearly opulent, and lends itself to the dark ambience of the film. The movie, only partway through filming, has already released two teaser posters, and character posters.
Hua Yi’s ambitions clearly are sky high with this film, and the result will be what happens when a powerful company throws all of their power into one project. While I am not a fan of the genre that this movie falls under, a period espionage film, my interest was peaked right when the cast was announced, and Hua Yi has continued showing moviegoers why they need to pay attention. Hopefully the quality of the film will match the effort being put into it. Either way, this will be one of the biggest films of 2010.
Stills of the four major players, and Hua Yi’s four biggest assets, in this film: From Top left going clockwise: Li Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Hanyu, and Zhou Xun. All except for Huang Xiaoming have won top acting awards.
Character posters (sorry…I couldn’t find Huang Xiaoming’s)