[ 2007-01-08 10:19 ]
Mei Lanfang in his early ages [file photo:
Renowned Chinese director Chen Kaige's new film biography
of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang will begin shooting Beijing and Shanghai in
A lot of the important scenes for the movie Mei Lanfang will be shot in a
replica of the old Jixiang Theatre,
which will be constructed in a studio inside the Beijing Film Studios.
Many prominent Peking operas stars, including Mei Lanfang, Yu Shuyan and Yang
Xiaolou, performed at the original Jixiang Theatre, which was built in 1906.
Mei Lanfang's son Mei Baojiu says he has compiled comprehensive biographical
information about his father for the director, including pictures, records and
archival film footage.
No actor has yet been selected to play Mei Lanfang, though Chen Kaige is
rumored to have discussed the role with Taiwan pop star Leehom Wong and Hong
Kong veteran singer Leon Lai.
Mei Lanfang was the first artist to win widespread international recognition
by performing the Peking Opera to an overseas audience. Over the course of his
career, he added his own flair to traditional characters, shaping a style of his
own and forming "The Mei Lanfang School".