|courtesy of mingpao.com|
September last year, the news of Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Japanese artist Atsuko Maeda had a chance to work together on the China Japan co-production 1905. Due to the tension between China and Japan over the Diaoyu island sovereignty, the anti-Japanese sentiment ran high in Chin and Wai Jai was blasted online and demanded to turn down the film. At the time Wai Jai's management company said that he has not signed any contract. His wife Carina Lau Ka Ling also pointed out that Wai Jai will indefinitely postponed the film. Yesterday the film's Japanese production company announced its bankruptcy.
The production company Prenom-H on the 20th filed for bankruptcy at the Tokyo District Court. The company's current debt was around 640 million yen. Prenom-H last year decided to make 1905 and invited Leung Chiu Wai and Atsuko Maeda to perform. It planned to build large scale exterior sets in Taiwan and Japan and an Autumn nationwide release in Japan. With the unexpected China and Japan relation deterioration, Leung Chiu Wai was rumored to have backed out and the production progress came to a halt, the company announced its bankruptcy.