BEIJING — Chinese helmer Lu Chuan has discreetly started production of the $15 million epic “The Last Supper,” his follow-up to “City of Life and Death,” a costume drama about two warring generals.
Pic stars Liu Ye and Daniel Wu, as well as Taiwanese thesp Chang Chen.
Pic is produced by Lu’s own production company in collaboration with China Film Group and the Stellar Megamedia Group.
The three previously collaborated on the controversial “City of Life and Death,” an account of the Japanese invasion of Nanjing in 1937, which grossed over $24 million B.O. in China in 2009. Pic won best picture at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival.
Production was launched with the burning of incense and offering of blessings at a sound stage on the outskirts of Beijing.
This marks Lu’s fourth collaboration with Han Sanping, chairman of China Film Group — the state film titan invested coin and distributed his first two pics, “The Missing Gun” and “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol.”
“The Last Supper” is a story about two warring generals fighting for control of China at the end of the Qin Dynasty. It also centers on the legendary “Feast at Hong Gate” (206 BC) where Xiang Yu invited his long-time mentor Liu Bang to a banquet with the intention of assassinating him. “Feast at Hong Gate” has become a Chinese expression for an invitation to a meal that has sinister implications.