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Gong Li is The Last Empress

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Gong Li is set to star in The Last Empress, based on the life of Empress Dowager Cixi, the controversial figure who took over control of the Qing Dynasty and ruled from 1861 until 1908. Her life has been portrayed by numerous movies, and history is torn on if she ruled as a despot or was victimized by circumstances beyond her control. The story of her life is very interesting and could last through several films. It is obvious from the title The Last Empress they are attempting to invoke the memory of Academy Award winner The Last Emperor, which is probably a good thing from a marketing standpoint, but does make me a little wary they don’t think this tale can stand on its own.

The Last Empress will be China-US co-production, with Seven Stars leading the way. Seven Stars producer Jake Eberts was originally attached before he passed on, and the film will be dedicated to his memory. Filming will begin in late 2013.

The story chronicles Cixi’s life and her complex relationships with Emperor Guang Xu and Imperial Advisor American Costa, both of whom shared a vision to modernize China. But due to misunderstandings, bloodshed ended Guang’s 100-day reform, sparking a violent revolution.

via THR

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - September 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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Chinese What Women Want Coming to Read Your Mind

Gong Li will star in the Chinese version of What Women Want, that Mel Gibson comedy where he can hear womens’ thoughts. Andy Lau will be the guy who hears thoughts and Chen Daming is directing. Gong Li was brought on to kick Fan Bing Bing off of the project. Poor Fan Bingbing, no one loves you! Maybe you should learn to read minds to know What Producers Want.

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - June 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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