After seven years, Gong Li (the original Mou girl) and the director Zhang Yimou will work together for a new film, 归来 Return. She plays the female lead opposite Chen Daoming. The movie is based off of one of Yan Geling’s novels, The Criminal Lu Yanshi. Chen Daoming plays a man with a doctorate degree from America, whereas Gong Li is his cousin and wife by arranged marriage. He is imprisoned during the backlash against the Hundred Flowers Campaign.
Previously, Zhang Yimou had adapted one of Yan Geling’s novellas into the Flowers of War. (Xiuxiu: The Sent Down Girl was also adapted from one of Yan’s novels). Filming for the movie started on September 16th. Look below the cut for more pictures from Gong LI’s photoshoot with L’Officiel.