Zhang Yimou and Gong Li to collaborate after seven years
Seven years since their last collaboration in Curse of the Golden Flower, ex-lovers Zhang Yimou and Gong Li will work together again on the former’s latest film Retour. At the filming commencement ceremony in Beijing yesterday, the pair was seen interacting amiably, with no signs of awkwardness.
“Director Zhang’s work gets better with each film. I would only be considered as a good actress if Retour gets highly rated by the audience,” said Gong Li.
The 47-year-old also thanked Zhang Yimou for the role, which she claimed is set to be “very challenging”. “I would need to give it my fullest attention. I hope everyone would support me,” she added.
On the other hand, Zhang Yimou expressed his wish for the team of “old and new friends” to work hard together to produce a good movie. Chinese actor Chen Daoming co-stars in this film.
Zhang Yimou and Gong Li started dating after collaborating in 1986’s Red Sorghum. Although the couple broke up eight years later, they have remained on good terms and continued to work with each other.
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