Beijing-based Zonbo Media is preparing a three-part film set in the earthquake-stricken city of Chengdu in Western China, to be directed by Korea’s Hur Jin-ho, Hong Kong’sFruit Chan and Chinese rock singer and filmmaker Cui Jian.
The $2.93m (RMB20m) project, called Chengdu, I Love You, will star Korean actor Jung Woo-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird), Gao Yuanyuan (City OfLife And Death), Guo Tao (Crazy Stone) and Taiwanese actress Anya.
Similar to the 2006 French production Paris, je t’aime, the film will follow the lives and loves of people living in the city of Chengdu.
Chan’s segment, set in 1976, tells the story of a family’s reconciliation after a devastating earthquake. Hur’s segment, set in 2008, revolves around a Korean overseas student returning to Chengdu and encountering a former lover.
In the last segment set in 2029, Cui will tell a story about young musicians who meet in Chengdu bars to explore their musical dreams.
Dialogue will be spoken in both Chinese and English. Shooting starts this week in Chengdu and will wrap in June, with release date set for the end of 2009. According to Zonbo Media president Chen Weiming, Zonbo will handle international sales of the film while Korea’s CJ Entertainment is in the process of acquiring Korean rights.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province and was one of the cities hit by a devastating earthquake last May that killed more than 60,000 people.