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Mo Yan's film adaptation to shoot in Longyan


Mo Yan's film adaptation to shoot in Longyan

American 3D directors are fascinated by the Yongding earth buildings in Longyan, East China's Fujian province. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Treasure Map, a famous novella written by Chinese Nobel Laureate Mo Yan, will be adapted into a 3D film and possibly be shot in the Yongding earth buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Fujian's Longyan city, China's Straits News reported.

It is the first time Mo has signed off on a movie adaptation since he received the Nobel Prize in 2012. The news has received wide attention from home and abroad.

The production team, which has visited many potential filming locations including Tianshan Mountain in Xinjiang, the Potala Palace in Tibet and Huangshan Mountain in Anhui, decided that Longyan's earth buildings are among the best choices. They have already discussed cooperation issues with the local tourism bureau.

Yu Ren, producer of the film, said, "Our American 3D director was deeply fascinated by the earth buildings." He hopes that "the buildings' unique and mysterious structure will form a perfect combination with 3D effects to capture what the Nobel committee called ‘hallucinatory realism'."

A director with the local tourism bureau said that their cooperation with the film's production team is a win-win process that will not only promote the sites' popularity but also increase the film's historical and cultural charm.

Edited by Chen Zhilin and Niva Whyman