Monday, June 15, 2009


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The Shanghai Film Group, Hong Kong Media Asia film company and Beijing Guoli Changsheng film and television cultural broadcasting's joint investment SFG Media Asia cultural development (Shanghai) yesterday held a press conference at the Shanghai International Film Festival to announce its official formation. Aside from three companies' bosses, many artists and directors, like Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Peter Chan Ho Sun, Feng Xiaogang, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) and Anthony Wong Chau Sun also attended in a show of support.

Shangahi Film Group chief Ren Zhonglun will be SFG Media Asia chair, Media Asia chair Peter Lam Kin Ngok will be SFG Media Asia's vice chair, and Zhang Guoli will be the SFG Media Asia general manager. Chair Ren Zhonglun expressed that the alliance will bring even more good productions to the audience. Yesterday at the founding ceremony, Zhang Guoli expressed that SFG Media Asia will have to complete "five one projects" in a few years, including organizing one group of directors, making one group of stars, one international award winning production, one 100 million yuan production and creating a lasting production. In the first year of the company, it has planned to make two movies and two television series. They include the Gordon Chan Ka Seung produced, Andrew Lau Wai Keung directed CHEN ZHEN (YEH HUNG HUP CHAN JUN) and Johnnie To Kei Fung produced, Jia Zhangke directed, Han Dong written first commercial epic IN THE QING DYNASTY. Both television series will be 30 episodes long. They will be the Wang Hailing written, Meng Ji directed GROWING UP, and the Zou Jingzhe, An Ning written, Zhang Guoli and Luo Changan directed IN THE SAME BOAT.

Yeung Chin Wa earlier due to her work on the JI XIAOLAN television series met two elders Zhang Guoli and Zhang Tielin, both of whom benefited her a lot. She said that she was not well known in the Mainland, so she was starting from zero as a new comer and would not feel any pressure. She revealed that she was in negotiation with Chan Ka Seung about a costume suspense film. She would like to make more co-productions and explore the Mainland market.

Yam Yin Chai hoped to be a film director in the future. Currently he was conceiving a screenplay. However, due to the Mainland market few subjects were suitable. Thus he planned to make a romantic comedy. Director Dante Lam Chiu Yin expressed that he was interested in making a film with four Best Actors Lau Ching Wan, Francis Ng Chun Yu, Wong Chau Sun and Nick Cheung Ka Fai. Chau Sun joked that they should be called the"Four Great Mad Kings" because their salaries alone would be enough to make one movie; if the film would truly go into production, he felt that it certainly would have a great spark. In addition, Feng xiaogang expressed that earlier he and Zhang Guoli talked until very late at night because Guoli's dream was to be a boss and his dream was to be a director. Now both of their dreams came true. He joked that starting yesterday Guoli had to wear a suit while he could still wear sportswear.

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