Pic begins lensing next month in Shanghai

NEW YORK — A consortium of Chinese investors is financing the Konwiser Brothers’ latest indie feature “The Shanghai Kid,” which begins lensing in Shanghai next month after wrapping shooting in Los Angeles.

Semi-autobiographical script was penned by David Ren, who will co-direct with Kern Konwiser (“On Hallowed Ground”).

“Kid” follows a young, struggling Chinese-American actor who falls for a high school girl in the U.S. When he inherits his grandmother’s house in Shanghai and travels there, he falls for a beguiling Chinese girl.

Kip Konwiser (“Miss Evers’ Boys,” “Crossover”) is producing under the Konwiser Brothers Entertainment banner. Company said the identities of the Chinese investors are anonymous.

Filming in China will be carried out with the cooperation of the China Film Group and Chinese producer Zhenyan Zhang (“House of Flying Daggers,” “Hero”).

Starring are Ken Leung (“Sucker Free City,” “Rush Hour), Hayden Panettiere (“Raising Helen,” “Racing Stripes”) and Kelly Hu (“X-Men 2,” “Scorpion King”).

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