7 years without Wong Kar Wai? It’s definitely about time.
It definitely has been a quiet decade for the film master. Early into the 2010s, Wong Kar Wai’s name has been tied to several projects including The Ferryman, which he ended up just producing, Tong Wars, an Amazon Studios production which was announced canceled last year, a biopic via Anapurna Productions which never reached pre-prod, and some other crime series.
With a lot of talks to look forward to but seldom do they come into fruition, the fans are truly relieved that this time, official promotional materials have been released so we’re finally assured that this one’s gonna stick!
Blossoms Shanghai is an explicit ode to the Hong-Kong based artist’s hometown, Shanghai. Based off of Jin Yu Cheng’s landmark novel of the same name, the filmmaker reveals that, “Blossoms has been the perfect backdrop to visualise and share my love for my birth city. With the series, I would like to invite the audience to immerse in the intrigues of Shanghai and its inhabitants in the early 1990s, an exciting time that paved the way for the prosperity of modern Shanghai.”
The story of Blossoms Shanghai follows an enigmatic, self-made, millionaire, Mr. Bao (played by Hu Ge), from his early beginnings as a young opportunist whose troubled past has led him to the gilded city of Shanghai. Set against the backdrop of the sweeping economic growth of 90s Shanghai, it unravels his lifetime amongst the dazzle of his lavish lifestyle and entanglement with four women representing his pursuits in life: adventure, honor, love, and innocence.
Although production was supposed to start earlier this year, like everything else, it had been stalled by the coronavirus outbreak. However, with things starting to look up for the superpower country, Wong Kar Wai’s Jet Tone Films and sister company Block 52 Distribution eagerly announced the commencement of production for the much-anticipated mega-project set to run for 9 months.
Whether the outcome of this ambitious project will be a motion picture film or a full-blown series remains unclear. But one thing is for sure, it’s a highly anticipated project which will definitely be celebrated by the film industry nonetheless!
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