The two Chinese Films are in competition at the TIFF are getting extremely favorable feedback, which means heavy coverage from the Sina website. Their cameras followed two young stars, actor Huang Ming and actress Tong Yao to their trips around Tokyo.
I’ve said before that Huang Ming is one of those actors who I really hoped would get a break because he’s awesome in acting and personality, but I didn’t think it’d be when he was only 23, because right now, for various reasons, most mainland Chinese actors only hit it big when they’re close to age 30. And it is so gratifying to see someone I’ve been rooting to get famous all of a sudden get so many pictures, coverage, interviews…it’s just rare, and for some other actors I like it will probably never happen. Must savor the moment.
As for Tong Yao, all I know is she looks incredibly similar to Zhang Ziyi, except it’s rumored her acting is better (They’re both from Central Academy of Drama, but I think Zhang Ziyi entered when she was too young.)
First up is Huang Ming at Tokyo Disney. His film is Heaven Eternal Earth Everlasting, directed by newbie director Li Fangfang. I became rather obsessed with the movie after seeing the gorgeous trailer, and I already have a long post written up for it from last week that I will post when the TIFF ends tomorrow morning (for those of us in the western world). If this movie wins something…there will be spazzing. Just a warning.
Isn’t it amazing how she looks so similar to Zhang Ziyi? I’ve started making a list categorizing the Chinese celebrities by region, because I wanted to see the different regional traits, and since she’s from Kunming, Yunnan, that’s quite confounding since ZZY is from Beijing, and they are on opposite sides of China. But also according to my stats, Tong Yao also has a really decent shot at being a fantastic singer. She stars in Taipei Snowfall, directed by veteran director, Huo Jianqi , and also stars Wilson Chen-Bolin. No trailer is availble at the TIFF website.
One of the really nice things about China’s film market growing is that it allows an avenue for talented young stars to get recognition, instead of toiling for years in the television industry where they have to work at least a decade to make a name unless they star in a hit idol series, where their loveable characters give them instant fanbase. I hope to see lots talent come out in the next few years!