|The Banquet to premiere in Venice
[ 2006-08-04 09:06 ]
|Zhang Ziyi in "The
Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's martial arts epic
"The Banquet," starring "Memoirs of a Geisha" actress Zhang Ziyi, will
have its world premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival on Sept.
It will be the first full-length showing of the film after last year's
promotion in Berlin, Cannes and the United States, Wang Yang, spokeswoman
for Huayi Brothers Film Investment Co. Ltd., China's biggest private film
maker, told Xinhua Wednesday.
Feng and actors Zhang Ziyi, Ge You and Zhou Xun will promote the film
at the festival, she said.
The 20-million-U.S.-dollar film, coproduced by Huayi Brothers and the
Hong Kong Media Asia Films Company, will be released across Asia on Sept.
Set during the tumultuous Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period
(907-979), "The Banquet" recounts the tragedy of an empress, played by
Zhang Ziyi, who is destroyed in a struggle for power inside the palace,
The 130-minute movie was composed by Oscar
winner Tan Dun and choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, both
acclaimed for the Oscar winner "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
It represents a major change of style for Feng, one of the most
bankable Chinese film directors, who has shot modern comic movies like
"Big Shot's Funeral,"
"Cell Phone" and
"A World Without Thieves ."
The movie's distribution rights in the United Kingdom, France and Spain
have been sold, according Wang.
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms: 五代十国
composed by Oscar winner:
设计舞蹈动作，如：choreograph a ballet（为一出芭蕾舞剧设计舞蹈动作）
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