This is one of the two A-List film festivals in Asia, the other being Tokyo. Despite starting late (1993), organizers have been working hard to make this as prestigious as possible, a subjective measure, and it does seem to be a step up from last year with Danny Boyle heading the jury, and various other stars walking the red carpet. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of these pictures already, sorry for the lateness! I’ll post on the SIFF again later.
To save space, I cut down on the size of the pictures, and put two people on a row, very randomly. I am sorry if I put your favorite actress with that actress that you simply hate and know is a big fake.
Kelly Lin and Fan Bingbing
Li Bingbing and Vicky Zhao Wei
Halle Berry and Kitty Zhang Yuqi
Dong Xuan and Huang Yi
Charlene Choi and Yuniko Cheng
The disclaimer I wrote above for the actresses applies to these actors as well.
Clive Owen and Wu Zun
What would Clive say about being placed next to Wu Zun?:
Sorry Fahrenheit fans, Wu Zun is such an easy target. He keeps showing up to film award ceremonies and film fests.
Aaron Kwok and Quincy Jones
Kenji Wu and Anthony Wong
And to end on a light note: Ady An Yixuan taking a picture (sort of) with goofballs Jaycee Chan and Nicky Lee.
I probably missed a lot of people but I’ll try to post them next time.
There are two Chinese films in competition. One is a CN/HK/TW.
One is Empire of Silver, directed by Christina Yao, a veteran Taiwanese stage director in her film debut. Empire of Silver is about a young man who must assume the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about, and loves his stepmother.
The other is Soul Searching, directed by Wanma Caidan, a Tibetan filmaker who gained attention with his award0winning debuted Silent Holy Stones.
Soul-searching is a love story revolving around the search for a Tibetan opera performer.
For the full list of films competing click here,
There are also plenty of films not in competition that Shanghaiists could check otu. One of them, as I mentioned was One Night in Supermarket, which as you can see from the “Man” /”Full” character below, was sold out. I wonder why….
Also the cast of Sophie’s Revenge (please do not disappoint me!) came out to promote their movie. Even their press conference stage setups are so cute.
Unfortunately the stars came out and blocked the cuteness…
And an interesting article…
So in a previous post, comments veered toward the subject of the movie industry, and how China has finally stopped trying to cater to the America market with the Kung-fu/wuxia films, and I stated that even though I’d like for China’s market to rival the US so that the world would be less America-centric in terms of entertainment, I found it unlikely America would ever try to cater to China.
Actually America already has.
A few films in America were coproduced with China, (The Forbidden Kingdom) in order to sideswerve the quota laws China has against imports, allowing it to enter China as a Chinese film.
The Hollywood Reporter states:
Wang Ran, a Beijing-based media analyst at China eCapital, says co-production continues to be a major avenue for Hollywood to tap into the region, despite some failures.
“There are two trends going in parallel: One is for Hollywood to produce films with a China element, whether it’s the story line or the cast, mainly for the Western markets; another is for leading Chinese film producers to engage mainstream Hollywood talent in their production effort, primarily for the domestic markets,” says Wang, who will moderate a SIFF panel that includes MPAA CEO Dan Glickman.
The festival runs from June 13-20.