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Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan is planning a film on late Taiwanese author Sanmao, with production intended to take place in 2018.
Kwan revealed the plan to Variety while serving jury duty at the inaugural International Film Festival & Awards Macao, which runs until December 13. The director is one of the five-member international jury to assess the 12 films competing for nine awards in the former Portuguese colony.
“When I was in Taiwan for the Golden Horse Film Awards in 1989, some investors asked me if I wanted to meet Sanmao because they wanted to make a film about her. But I felt that it wasn’t the right time, and I wasn’t ready to do the project back then,” said Kwan. His previous credits include “Center Stage” and “Rouge”.
“It was not possible to do this 10 or even 20 years ago. But now the timing is right. The market is one reason. The »
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Above: Japanese poster for In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 2000). It’s no secret that Mubi—the site you are on right now—owes its existence partly to Maggie Cheung. In an oft-told story, its founder Efe Çakarel was killing time in a cafe in Tokyo in 2007 when he sensed that he was in the mood for Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love. Finding that there was no way to stream that movie right there and then, he resolved to start his own global arthouse movie streaming service, and thus Mubi, or The Auteurs as it was initially known, was born. Now I’m not saying that Maggie Cheung herself was the main reason Efe wanted to watch In the Mood for Love, but she is such a major part of the allure of that film that I am giving her the credit, especially on »
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