Joan Chen wants to direct film about contemporary Shanghai
Updated: 2005-02-28 14:22
Chinese actress and director
Joan Chen, who played the opium-addicted empress in the Oscar-winning "The Last
Emperor," says she wants to direct a film about contemporary Shanghai, a
newspaper reported Monday.
Joan Chen in "The Last Emperor" [File
"I've written a script and I'm going to try directing again," Chen was quoted
as saying by the South China Morning Post.
"I can't say what the story's about yet, but the movie will be set in
contemporary Shanghai," Chen reportedly said. "I found that there are movies
about Shanghai in the 20s and the 30s but not much that is contemporary."
Chen directed the 1999 art-house film "Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl," a sad
tale about a city girl sent out to the countryside during China's chaotic
Cultural Revolution. She has also directed the 2000 movie "Autumn in New York,"
starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder.