Latest News:  
Beijing   Overcast/Cloudy    27 / 22 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Life & Culture

Film's golden duo lose their glow


08:57, August 23, 2012

Film producer Zhang Weiping appeared yesterday to confirm the widely circulated rumor that his partnership with internationally acclaimed movie director Zhang Yimou was on the verge of ending.

"He (Zhang Yimou) didn't answer my calls, didn't reply to my short messages and I have no idea where he is now," Zhang Weiping said during an exclusive interview with There seemed little doubt that the decade-long filmmaking partnership between them had developed serious cracks.

Having collaborated with Zhang Yimou for almost 16 years since their first parody movie "Keep Cool", Zhang Weiping was considered the major sponsor and close partner of the preeminent filmmaker, whose ensuing dazzling, yet often controversial visual feasts such as "Hero" and "Curse of the Golden Flower", wowed at the box office but left critics cold.

Dubbed as "duo Zhang" inside entertainment circles, the two film industry gurus were rumored to have split after their latest war epic "The Flowers of War", starring Christian Bale and the starlet "Mou's girl", Ni Ni. The film's perceived double failure of neither taking 1-billion-yuan (US$157 million) at the box office nor winning an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at last year's ceremony, signaled that the melancholic movie commemorating the "Nanking Massacre" during World War II was a watershed moment in the previously golden partnership between the two Zhangs.

"I haven't seen him since the premiere of 'The Flowers of War'", Zhang Weiping said. He then recalled that he phoned Zhang Yimou at a film-review party in last September and was informed, albeit not by Zhang, that his loyal movie director might leave his filmmaking studio, New Picture Co. Ltd.

"[After hearing the news] I sent him a message in front of my buddies," Zhang Weiping recounted. "And Yimou soon replied with a phone call." According to Zhang Weiping, Zhang Yimou categorically denied the news and comforted Zhang Weiping with the news that it was just another rumor of their impending breakup, the type of rumor which been circulating since their early days of filmmaking.

They have not spoken to each other since. "I sent him a message, saying that I would like to see him whenever and wherever he is available," Zhang Weiping recalled. But the producer has so far received no reply to his calls and messages.

"An old Chinese saying goes: 'true hearts reveal themselves in time', yet now I cannot even find the body [where the heart beats]," Zhang Weiping said sarcastically.

According to the rumor mill, Zhang Yimou now intends to leave New Picture Co. Ltd to join the film studio owned by Dalian Wanda Group. It is clear that his old partner is irked by his refusal to come clean with his reasons.

"If I dissatisfy you, you should at least give me a reason why," Zhang Weiping said.
News we recommend




Top four vegetables that help lose weight in autumn

Seven foods that enrich your blood

Sweet drinks may cause seven diseases

Three "poisons" that destroy men's health

Five 'super' foods you cannot miss in summer

Top 18 cancer fighting fruits and vegetables


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. APF forest detachment conducts military training

  2. Hey guys! Where should we put all these bikes?

  3. More new grads opt for State firms

  4. Dancing competition held in E. China

  5. 24 Of The Hottest Body Paint

  6. How to marry a billionaire

Most Popular


  1. Editorial:Corporate competitiveness
  2. WTO membership win-win step for Russia, world
  3. More representative delegates
  4. Do ratings agencies buoy Italy's optimism?
  5. Right move in VAT direction
  6. EU, China extend hands of friendship
  7. Editorial: Rules for stock market
  8. U.S.-S. Korea drills harmful to regional stability
  9. Wake-up call for industry
  10. Is Romney trounced, or has more tricks?

What's happening in China

Desperate bid to save Yangtze river pig

  1. Shanghai exposes professional beggars
  2. Real estate financier held on fraud charges
  3. Chinese continue to seek residency overseas
  4. Controversial Hunan fine policy may be scrapped
  5. Army worm outbreak brought under control

China Features

  1. Classic routes for domestic self-driving tours
  2. Billionaires' marriage-seeking attracts women
  3. Top three nourishing foods in autumn
  4. Experts divided on yuan's future
  5. Unforgettable records of London Olympic Games

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai