Hong Kong-based Sil-MetropoleOrganization has teamed up with Emperor Motion Pictures and Beijing-basedZhenhua Investment Co to co-finance Ma Liwen's Tao Hua Yun (lit trans: TheLuck Of Romance) which started shooting yesterday in Beijing.
Vivian Wu (The Last Emperor), Ge You (The Banquet) and Fan Bingbing (Battle Of Wits) star in the $2.5m filmabout a poet romancing five different women. Sil-Metropole is investing three-fifthsof the film's $2.5m budget with EMP and Zhenhua supplying the rest.
The film marks the firstcommercial project from arthouse writer-director Ma Liwen. Her first film, Gone Is The One Who Held Me Dearest In TheWorld, won a special mention at the Tokyo International Film Festival in2003. But she attracted more notice with her second film, You And Me, which was awarded best actress at
Although Hong Kong-based, Sil-Metropolehas mainland Chinese holdings and has been accorded the same status as amainland Chinese state-owned studio. In addition to Ma's film, the companyplans to produce three titles set in mainland