Alrighty. After a month of whispering corridors and fan buzz, the Chinese newspapers have officially announced that the cast has been set for upcoming mega-budget period film Tong Que Tai (铜雀台) starring Chow Yun-fat as the elder Cao Cao, J-actor Tamaki Hiroshi as military official Mu Shun, Alec Su as Liu Xie (referred to in history as Han Xian Di or the Emperor Han Xian), and Yoon Eun Hye as Ling Ju, the daughter of Lu Bu and his wife (the one that is not the lovelorn Diao Chan). Filming is scheduled to begin in early October in Beijing, scheduled for a tentative 100 day shoot, reportedly with over one-third of the movie consisting of battle scenes.
The story is purely fiction and stems from the scriptwriter reading about how famed general Cao Cao’s tomb was unearthed in 2009 at the location of Tong Que Tai (铜雀台) in Anyang Province. Inside the tomb they found the remains of an unidentified twenty-something female. The scriptwriter decided to show how the later day Cao Cao turned from a ruthless politician seeking to unify China and became an old man trying to achieve a cessation to all the fighting. That’s all the synopsis we have for now.
Supposedly a slew of recognizable Chinese stars have been touted to make a cameo appearance, and the director of photography will be famed director Zhang Yimou’s longtime collaborator, who held the cameras behind Hero and House of Flying Daggers. The movie is tentatively scheduled to premiere in October of 2012. This movie is the definition of a pan-Asia collaboration, with the director from China, lead actress Eun Hye from Korea, lead actor Chow Yun-fat from Hong Kong, and the two young male leads Hiroshi is from Japan and Alec is from Taiwan. I’ll be keeping a close eye on production, and am dying to see Eun Hye in Chinese period costume.
[Credit: Sina news]