Friday, December 12, 2008

TRAILER: Mei Lanfang is Forever Enthralled

This post comes with some good news and some bad news. I will tell you the bad news first. The English title of Chen Kiage's new film Mei Lanfang has been retitled Forever Enthralled. This is probably one of the most vomit-inducing changes in a film's title I have heard in awhile (another film that comes to mind is another Zhang Ziyi film, The Banquet which was retitled Legend of the Black Scorpion for its American DVD release).

Now it's time for some good news as well. Twitch has just unveiled a new trailer for the film which actually looks decent. This is great news for me because I have been dying to see Zhang Ziyi on the big screen for awhile now... the last time I saw her, it was at the Toronto International Film Festival Gala Screening for The Banquet back in 2005.

I have no idea if anyone out there is a fan of Zhang's work, but this film looks as though it could be something special. The director's past credits include The Emperor and the Assassin and Farewell My Concubine. The estimated $15 Million film not only boasts Zhang Ziyi, but also Honglei Sun (who also appeared in Mongol and Zhou Yu's Train) and Leon Lai (from Comrades Almost a Love Story and Fallen Angels) who is taking on the title character.

Above is a still of Leon Lai in costume as Mei Lanfang. The trailer and a little something extra is available after the jump.

I also have an extra tidbit for those of you who are interested. There is a music video with Zhang Ziyi and Leon Lai titled "You Feel My Love" which also (in between shots of both of the stars singing) shows off some gorgeous stills from the film. (Unfortunately if you don't speak Chinese, the lyrics will do nothing for you.)


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love me some Leon Lai...

Less thrilled about Zhang Ziyi, but am willing to look past that for Chen Kaige.