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Exclusive: Zhang Meng’s remake of Guiseppe Tornatore’s Stanno Tutti Bene stars Zhang Guoli.
Hong Kong’s Edko Films has added Zhang Meng’s Everybody’s Fine, a remake of Guiseppe Tornatore’s Stanno Tutti Bene, to its Berlin slate.
Zhang Guoli (Back To 1942) stars as a widower who embarks on a road trip to reconnect with his four adult children and discovers that their lives are far from perfect. The children are played by Chen He (Running Man), Yao Chen (Monster Hunt), Shawn Dou (Wolf Totem) and Ye Qianyun.
Scripted by Liu Ya and Song Xiao, the film is a more commercial turn for Zhang Meng, who is known for arthouse fare such as The Piano In A Factory.
Edko is also launching sales on romantic comedy Finding Mr Right 2, which reteams director Xue Xiaolu and actors »
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The kids are more than all right in “Everybody’s Fine” — in fact, they’re such goody-goodies that they turn this Chinese remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 travelogue drama into parent porn. Following a retired widower’s journey around China to look up each of his four adult children, the film is elegantly shot and sometimes engaging. However, helmer Zhang Meng trips over himself in an attempt to please senior audiences, offering heartwarming but simplistic closures that hardly ring true. The pic could, however, suit the viewing taste of some Japanese audiences.
Resembling a continental take on “Tokyo Story” starring Marcello Mastroianni, Tornatore’s “Everybody’s Fine” took stock of the disappointments of adulthood, frayed family ties and Italy’s social changes; a same-titled 2009 Hollywood remake was co-written by Tornatore and helmed by Kirk Jones, and starred Robert De Niro. Although the new film’s screenplay (by Liu Ya and »
- Maggie Lee
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