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Zhang Yimou’s Latest Coming in Two Parts

It appears that after a stretch of films (Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower) that reached outwards, towards international audiences, Zhang Yimou might be looking a little “inwards”.

It appears that after a stretch of films (Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower) that reached outwards, towards international audiences, Zhang Yimou might be looking a little “inwards”. After working for last year’s Olympics opening and choreographing the 60th anniversary of the Communist Party’s accession to power, we can pretty much claim that the 5th generation filmmaker is working on film projects with mainland audiences in mind.

Yimou is said to be working on a film divided into two parts. Actors Sun Honglei, Ni Dahong, Xiao Shenyang and Wang Xiaohua will join the one part thriller and one part comedy project. Titled Amazing Tales — Three Guns, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some lineage to in-the-works-projects I reported on last month

Variety reports that lensing is set to start in Gansu province in June with a view to a release at Chinese New Year.

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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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