A look at the folks causing confab buzz
Yang’s “One Night in Supermarket,” a stylish and quirky low-budget laffer, has captured the imagination of China’s growing army of young cinemagoers, with boffo B.O. to boot. The 28-year-old from Chongqing in southwestern China wrote “One Night” in 2006 and shot it in just 29 days on a budget of $3.65 million. Yang won best scriptwriter at the Media Awards of the 12th Shanghai Intl. Film Festival in 2009.
The Boston-born director of “Au Revoir Taipei” cut his teeth working as an assistant in Taipei to the late, great Taiwanese director Edward Yang, and has also impressed Wim Wenders, who executive produced and gave behind-the-scenes support for “Au Revoir Taipei,” Chen’s feature debut. “Au Revoir Taipei” has delighted crix and won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) prize at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival in February. Chen had previously won a Silver Bear at Berlin for his short “Mei” in 2007.
The Chinese-American filmmaker generated an interesting first last year: with her Zhang Ziyi starrer “Sophie’s Revenge,” she become the first female Chinese director to make more than 100 million yuan ($14.65 million) at the B.O. She also sold the English-language remake rights of the film, which she wrote. An early sign of her talent was when her short film “The 17th Man” won an Emmy Award for university students.
BEIJING GALLOPING HORSE PRODS.
The shingle launched into film and TV production in 2003 and since then has been involved in various film and TV investments, on the way earning a name as one of the more ambitious shingles on the block. It’s currently helping to dig up coin for “The Kung Fu Kid,” a homegrown version of “The Karate Kid” remake starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and high-profile pics as Ning Hao’s “Wu Ren Qu” (No Man’s Land) and “Yueguang Baohe.”