Zhang Ziyi's Next Film Will Be Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Ethan Anderton
November 5, 2009
Though Zhang Ziyi (or Ziyi Zhang depending on who you talk to) is a huge star in the Chinese box office, her starpower in the United States is still growing. After finding a wide audience as a villainous vixen in Rush Hour 2, and critical and awards acclaim with Memoirs of a Geisha, THR reports she has found her next English language film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Wayne Wang will be directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Ray, set in 19th century remote China, which revolves around the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower and their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women.
Zhang is also producing the film which is not only Wang's first film to be shot in China, but also the first in partnership with Wendi Murdoch, the China-born wife of News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. Though Wang has worked with Asian themes before with The Joy Luck Club, more recently he has worked on light romantic comedies such as Maid in Manhattan and The Last Holiday. Though I'm not the biggest fan of Asian cinema in general, I think it'll be a nice departure for Wang, who can take a break from making mindless studio junk. And at the risk of sounding chauvinistic, at least Zhang Ziyi is very easy on the eyes.