The new Chinese movie "Curiosity kills the Cat" is hoping to compete for the 2007 Oscar's best foreign film award along with The Banquet and Curse of the Golden Flower.
"The Banquet" directed by Feng Xiaogang and "Curse of the Golden Flower" by Zhang Yimou are currently the two frontrunners to represent the Chinese mainland at next year's Oscars.
"The company has already handed in the written application to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television," said Liu Xiaoyong, the movie distributor.
According to Oscar rules, the movie will screen for seven days from September 20 - at the Beijing Purple Light Movie Theater - before being officially released nationwide on October 12, Liu said.
"Curiosity kills the Cat", by Zhang Yibai, tells an enchanting story set in a modern city in which a woman, her husband, a manicure store owner, a security guard and a country girl who all live in a luxury apartment trigger a number of mysterious events through sheer curiosity.
The director Zhang Yibai directed the TV opera "Cherish Our Love Forever" in 1998 which starred rising actress-turned-director Xu Jinglei. Liu said the application includes recommendation letters from four international experts.
One recommendation letter pointed out that most Chinese movies vying for an Oscar have been about Chinese history or ancient China. But with the U.S. media providing more and more coverage of China's rapid economic development, American audiences are keen to watch movies reflecting modern urban life in China.