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Heo Jin-ho Boards Chinese Omnibus Film

2008/12/31 | Permalink | Source

South Korean auteur Heo Jin-ho will direct a segment in the Chinese feature "Chengdu I Love You", along with Hong Kong director Fruit Chan and China's Cui Jian. The project was inspired by the resilience of the city and its inhabitants in the aftermath of the major earthquake which struck Sichuan province and its epicenter Chengdu on May 12, 2008.

Heo, Chan and Cui will each direct a themed 30-minute segment. Heo, known in China for his moving melodramas, "Christmas in August" and "April Snow", will handle the segment on love, while Chan takes on family life, and Cui friendship.

The three directors visited Chengdu for five days last December and are currently writing scripts based on their observations. The project, produced by Chen Weiming, expects to begin shooting this April.

Heo, who was impressed by the Sichuan people's hope and resilience, told the Chinese media, "The May 12 earthquake broke many hearts in South Korea, too, and it is the reason I joined this project",

Heo is the second South Korean director to join an omnibus project celebrating a city. Compatriot Bong Joon-ho directed a segment in "TOKYO!", released this year, along with French directors Michel Gondry and Leos Carax.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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