Magazine article Screen International

Wild Bunch Nabs Yimou's Coming Home

Magazine article Screen International

Wild Bunch Nabs Yimou's Coming Home

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EXCLUSIVE: Film reuniting Zhang Yimou [pictured] with Gong Li will be ready in time for Cannes Film Festival.

Wild Bunch has snapped international sales of Zhang Yimou's upcoming love story Coming Home, reuniting the director with actress Gong Li.

"This is a couple, Zhang Yimou and Gong Li, at the top of their art, delivering the work of their life. They are at their peak," Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval told Screen.

Maraval screened a rough-cut of Coming Home, in Hong Kong last Thursday (Jan 30) and signed the film on the spot.

The film was produced by Zhang Zhao, CEO of Beijing-based Le Vision Pictures, and Yimou's long-time, Hong Kong-based producer and distributor Bill Kong. David Linde is executive producer.

Le Vision's sister company Le TV will distribute the film in China. Kong's Edko Films Ltd is handling Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia/Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines. Wild Bunch is selling the rest of the world.

Coming Home takes inspiration from Chinese writer Yan Geling's The Criminal Lu Yanshi, revolving around the tumultuous life of a Chinese dissident from the 1920s to the 1990s.

Yimou has focused on the second part of the work in which Lu Yashi returns home after 20 years in a labour camp only to discover his wife has forgotten him. Reluctantly wed to her in an unwanted arranged marriage decades earlier, Yashi has finally decided she is the love of his life.

Li plays the wife opposite Chen Daoming as Yashi.

The film marks a return for Yimou to the intimate style of his early works after martial arts action pictures and period epics such as Heroand House of Flying Daggers.

"It looks simple but this simplicity is probably the most difficult thing to reach in art. This is pure cinema," said Maraval. "This is also a beautiful love story from Zhang Yimou to Gong li. Gong Li gives the performance gives of her life."

Yimou and Li last collaborated together seven years ago on the big budget Curse of the Golden Flower set against the backdrop of ancient China. …

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