China movie makers turn to India for next blockbuster film
By Ravi Velloor NEW DELHI
January 3, 2011, 12:03 pm TWN
"The two characters are like the two countries," said Shyu, who practices both taiji and yoga.
"They may have some misunderstandings, but they cannot risk losing each other and their cooperation helps create a better world. Audiences should find it refreshing to see Indians and Chinese struggling, singing, dancing and laughing together."
"Gold Struck" will be co-produced by the state-owned Guangdong Film Company, formerly part of China Film Group Corporation. That official endorsement should prove useful to the enterprise, since it will not be considered a foreign import, hence keeping it outside censorship restrictions that have blocked a fuller Bollywood entry into the China market.
The two governments are also keen to be seen as not interfering in the project.
"This isn't so much government-driven as a broadly industry-driven project that seeks to cash in on an inviting market," said Indian envoy to Beijing S. Jaishankar.
Light House says its mission is to "bring universally appealing inspirational films to light that not only transcend national boundaries but celebrate cultural differences as well."
To that end, "Gold Struck" promises to have plenty of fists flying as well as song and dance routines. And with an eye to the big film markets of the world, it will likely be filmed in three languages: Chinese, Hindi and English.
Shyu has hired Hong Kong-based director Tony Cheung for the venture, and is targeting Wu Chun or Wang Lee Hom for the lead Chinese male role, she told The Straits Times. On the other side, she has eyes on Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor.
Back in the 1960s, spaghetti westerns helped establish Hollywood actors like Clint Eastwood as major stars. Who knows what Shyu's efforts will lead to and what the new trend will be called.
Bollywood Bird's Nest Soup Operas, anyone?