“I left China 50 years ago, alone at the age of 13, devastated, uprooted and lost my country, culture, family and parents. And I never saw them again. Then and now I have a great desire and need to bridge East and West. In this case, China and the West.” Michael Chow. his wife Eva and daughter Asia greeted guests from China and Hollywood at their spectacular Holmby Hills home, designed and built by Michael. He reminded us that “China is recently experiencing a renaissance in arts and culture, especially in paintings and films. And (their) films are getting international recognition. I am proud, inspired and encouraged to realize my lifelong dream to make a film about China.” He says the film is a “bio-epic,” the “bio” part is about his father Zhou Xinfang. The “epic” is about 20th Century China. His father, a child prodigy at seven who performed for over 60 years on stage, also wrote over 300 plays and operas. He was the Grand Master of Beijing Opera. The film will be made in English (and, of course, in China). Chow says, “It took me 50 years to forget and one year to remember. In that one year, we almost have completed the script. Brett Ratner will exec produce.
“First, the good news: We are simultaneously budgeting and cast. The bad news is that I am a first-time director.” Chow has many friends in the industry who were guests at the dinner at which he announced his entry into the biz. They included: Joanna and Sidney Poitier, Lauren and Dick Donner, Wanda and Al Ruddy, Andre Morgan, Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan, John Burnham, the Ken Ziffrens, Ruth and Jake Bloom, Susan and Harold Becker, David Unger, Peter Loehr Barbara Davis, as well as Dana and Ed Ruscha, Melissa and Bobby Shriver, The Chinese Film Delegation guests included: Han Sanping, General Manager and President of the China Film Group, Wang Fenglin, Secretary General of the China Film Producers Assn., Zhao Haicheng of the Warner China Film Group, Hou Jiandong of the Dept. of the Film Bureau, Wang Hongiun, the Chairman of Huayi Bros (the largest private producer in China), as well six Chinese film cast members.
Michael Chow, while enumerating his father’s artistic achievements, reminded, “The one quality which I treasure the most is his patriotism. I am proud to follow him in his footsteps.” He asked the assembled guests “to toast a bridge between China and the West.”