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Coming Home Is a Moving Reunion Between Zhang Yimou and Gong Li

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Coming Home Is a Moving Reunion Between Zhang Yimou and Gong Li
Once upon a time, the filmmaker Zhang Yimou and his then-muse Gong Li collaborated on some of the most momentous works of new Chinese cinema. The films they made were diverse. They included lush, ruthless period dramas like Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, as well as a neo-neorealist tale of bureaucracy gone haywire, The Story of Qiu Ju. Though ostensibly apolitical, these films nevertheless painted vivid portraits of a society where the status quo — whether it consisted of the traditionalist mores of the past, or the state machinery of the present — was forever stifling. (Their masterful 1994 collaboration To Live actually got Zhang banned from filmmaking for two years by China’s state censors.) The pair — also romantically linked for a while — eventually went their separate ways, though both continued to grow in stature. Zhang became a state-approved filmmaker of (admittedly still pretty great) historical epics like Hero and The House of Flying Daggers,
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Watch The Trailer For Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home

Sony Pictures Classics has released the exquisite first trailer for Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home, opening in New York and Los Angeles September 9th.

Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return.

A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past

together and reawaken his wife’s memory

The film was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 and the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.

One of the most important and influential filmmakers in China,
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New Trailer & Images For Zhang Yimou's Coming Home

Coming Home, the latest Chinese epic from Hero and Flowers Of War director Zhang Yimou, will have its world premiere next week at Cannes, where it plays out of competition. Due to hit screens here in Hong Kong on 6 June, Edko Films has released a trailer and stills for the grand scale romance, based on the novel by Yan Geiling.Gong Li re-teams with the director who made her an international star in films like To Live and Raise The Red Lantern, alongside Chen Daoming for this sprawling tale of a family torn apart by conflict, separated for decades, and then struggling to reconcile after the Cultural Revolution. ...

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Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup

Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.

The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”

One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs.
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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Closes Deal On Zhang Yimou’s ‘Coming Home’

Berlin — Critically acclaimed Chinese helmer-producer Zhang Yimou has lured back Sony Pictures Classics, his longtime North American distributor, with the Gong Li starrer ”Coming Home.”

Sold by Wild Bunch,”Coming Home” marks Sony Pictures Classics’ 12th acquisition of a Zhang-directed film.

Wild Bunch started pre-selling the pic at the Efm.

The last Zhang pic acquired by Spc dates back to “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop,” a remake of the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple,” in 2009. Other films by Zhang distributed by Spc include “Raise the Red Lantern,” “The Story of Qiu Ju” and “Curse of the Golden Flower.”

Inspired by Yan Geling’s “The Criminal Lu Yanshi, “Coming Home” is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920′s to the 1990′s.

Pic is now in post and will be ready by May, in time for Cannes.

Among the many accolades he
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Tuesday Top Ten: Working Actors In Need of an Oscar Nomination

[Editor's note: The last time I published a list of this sort Christian Bale was way up top and then The Fighter happened. Time for a new look at the Oscar Nomination-less. While I'm in Sundance, abstew steps in with his list. My list (and I'm sure yours) might not be exactly the same but... discuss! - Nathaniel]

This past Thursday, when the Oscar nominations were announced, only eight actors were hearing their names called for the first time (the Best Actress category was all previous nominees and 80% winners). Some were for film debuts (Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi), but for the other 6 names (Ejiofor, McConaughey, Fassbender, Leto, Hawkins, and Squibb) it was their first recognition from the Academy after years of hard work and dedication to their craft. But not every great actor ever gets to hear their name called Oscar nomination morning. Despite powerful performances and decades of service to the film industry, sometimes a nomination (let alone a win) evades the greats. For some, the oversite will never be remedied (Marilyn Monore, Edward G. Robinson, Myrna Loy, Peter Lorre, Jean Harlow, and John Barrymore are just some of Hollywood's finest that went without the prefix Academy Award Nominee), but for many great actors still working today there is still time.
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Zhang Yimou 'seven children' claims trigger anger in China

Film director behind opening ceremony for Beijing Olympics faces up to £17m fine if found to have broken 'one child' policy

Renowned Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who designed the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics, is under investigation over claims he broke strict family planning laws by fathering seven children, state media have reported.

The website of the People's Daily, the official Communist party newspaper, quoted suggestions that Zhang could face a fine of up to 160m yuan (£16.75m). Parents can be ordered to pay up to twice their annual income for breaching the law, though it is unclear how the estimate of the director's yearly income was reached. Many avoid fines or pay well below the maximum.

China's one child policy limits most urban couples to one birth but allows rural families to have a second if their first is a girl. Other exemptions include allowing a childless
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