[ 2006-09-21 09:34 ]
Zhang Ziyi , China's top actress came to South Korea yesterday to
promote her latest movie, "The Banquet." The epic film, which also stars
Daniel Wu and is directed by
Feng Xiagang, was recently screened at the Venice Film Festival.
"I have starred in many epic films but I am very satisfied with
director Feng's unique style of filmmaking," Zhang said, in a
news conference held at the
Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.
"The Banquet" deals with the tragic life and death of a woman who lived
during China's Tang Dynasty. In this epic film loosely based on
Shakespeare's "Hamlet," a man named Li murders his brother to become
emperor. Li tries to go after his murdered brother's wife, Empress Han,
played by Zhang. But Han has only eyes for her stepson, played by Wu. The
film has opulent sets, colors and unfolds like a piece of dance.
Director Feng dispelled rumors that "The Banquet" was aiming for the
upcoming Oscars. Feng stressed that he made the movie with audiences in
China and East Asia in mind. He added that anyone familiar with
calligraphy could relate more closely to the movie.
Zhang, a popular actress among Koreans, said that she is a fan of
Korean movies such as Park Chan-wook's "The Old Boy." If given a chance,
she would like to work with Lee Young-ae, who starred in the hit
television drama "The Jewel in the
Palace," and Park's "Sympathy
for Lady Vengeance."
Daniel Wu: 吴彦祖
The jewel in the
Sympathy for Lady