aChinese Hamlet: veteran "master of humor" director Feng Xiaogang´s latest movie "The Banquet" is an epic drama, a big budget movie (150 million yuan), staring Zhang Ziyi, Ge You, Zhou Xun, Huang Xiao Ming and Daniel Wu. It centers on the royal power struggle in ancient China, a tragic and romantic story.
aThe romantic Johnnie: Johnnie To's new film is an art house love story! Writed by awarded An Xi , the untitled film will star Chinese mainland actress Li Bingbing and Taiwan actor Zhou Yumin . Shooting will begin this August.
aChinese Wall: choreography master Yuen Wo-Ping will return to the director's chair for "The Great Wall". The story is set between the Qin and Han Dynasties and is about fighting the nomadic invaders from the north, the Xiongnu, known as the Huns in the West. The director has invited Jet Li to be the leading man, yet to be confirmed.
aFunny Alien: Stephen Chow will start directing and staring in his new film, working-titled Wai Xing Ren (The Aliens) next month in Ningbo city (director´s hometown). In the sci-fi flick, Chow will play an astronaut who accidentally lands on an alien planet, where he becomes some sort of father figure of an alien boy, with help from a female translator android (Zhang Yu Qi). The film has a budget of $12.5 million US, and it is expected to have a lot of CGI.
aZhang Yimou will shoot his new film "The City of Golden Armor" (or "Curse of the Golden Flower"?) at Tiankeng, a famous scenic spot in Chongqing. A Tang dynasty inn has been built for the shoot as well as other facilities. Chow Yun Fat stars as the emperor and Jay Chou as a rebellious prince.
aAn adapation of the novel “Lust, Caution”, by Zhang Ai Ling is Ang Lee's new project. Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") is currently in preproduction of the film. The leading male role will be Ge You, and the leading woman role is yet to be determined.
aA live-action version of "Mulan" is set to begin shooting in October. Director Stanley Tong announced the new film’s schedule in Beijing, noting that the crew will travel to Yunnan province for its first shoot this October. Mulan is a traditional chinese story that has been told for centuries , about a young woman who disguised herself as a man to take her father's place in battle some 1,500 years ago. The film, with its 200 million yuan budget, has yet to reveal the lead actress.