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Korean star reborn in ‘Blood’

Jun Ji-hyun changes name

CANNES — Unlike many other Asian actors, Korean stars have largely resisted westernizing their names. Now Korean beauty Jun Ji-hyun, who starred in “Daisy” and “My Sassy Girl,” has taken the plunge by using the Italian-sounding moniker Gianna Jun.

The new name gets its first credit roll in “Blood the Last Vampire,” the $35 million vampire actioner being helmed by France’s Chris Nahon (“Empire of the Wolves,” “Kiss of the Dragon”). English-language pic heads the the Cannes slate of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Hero” producer Bill Kong and his Hong Kong-based Edko Films company.

Screenplay is by Chris Chow and action sequences are overseen by Corey Yuen.

On a different scale Edko is also repping “Secret,” a $2.5 million romance that marks the directorial and scripting debut of Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou. Chou, who starred in “Curse of the Golden Flower,” toplines the pic opposite “Blue Gate Crossing” actress Guey Lun-Mei.

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