the first Chinese musical to be produced in more than 40 years, is setting
box-office records on the Chinese mainland, China Daily reported today
(Wednesday). The film, which reportedly cost $10 million to produce, earned
$2.2 million in its first weekend -- $332,000 in Shanghai alone. The film,
which closed the Venice Film Festival in September, was produced and directed
by Hong Kong director Peter Chan Ho-sunis and stars Hong Kong singer Jacky
Cheung, South Korean actor Ji Jin-hee, Taiwanese-Japanese actor Takeshi
Kaneshiro, and Chinese actress Zhou Xun. Hong Kong has submitted the film for a
best-foreign-film Oscar nomination.
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.