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Zhang Yimou’s Checking out the ‘City’ for next Projects

In a difficult economical climate, Zhang Yimou has decided to sacrifice a bigger, more costly production about 1937’s massacre of Nanjing and instead turn towards making people laugh. Known for recently making high end action films (he made a name for himself a second time with the very popular Hero and House of Flying Daggers, Yimou will, according to Screen Daily shoot a black comedy with comedians Zhao Benshan and Xiao Shenyang.

In a difficult economical climate, Zhang Yimou has decided to sacrifice a bigger, more costly production about 1937’s massacre of Nanjing and instead turn towards making people laugh. Known for recently making high end action films (he made a name for himself a second time with the very popular Hero and House of Flying Daggers, Yimou will, according to Screen Daily shoot a black comedy with comedians Zhao Benshan and Xiao Shenyang.

On the back-burner, Thirteen Girls in Jinling City is based on the novel by author Yan Geling
and looks at how thirteen prostitutes who sacrificed their lives to save a group of convent girls in Nanjing during the massacre of Nanjing in 1937.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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