March 9th, 2012

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Fan Bingbing deposes director



Korean filmmaker Kwak Jae-young has quit as director of Yang Guifei (杨贵妃), saying actress Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) has usurped his role.

The director said he was angry and disappointed about China’s filmmaking system.

According to sources familiar with the dispute, since the film started shooting on January 29, Bingbing, also an investor, has frequently increased her part.

This has caused Japanese actor Shun Oguri’s role to be greatly reduced and Korean actor On Ju-wan’s parts completely omitted.

The film’s production company, however, issued a statement denying this.

Instead, it blamed Jae-young for failing to meet their requirements.

The production company praised Bingbing and said it is in talks with a top Asian director to take over.

The big-budget film on one of the Four Beauties of ancient China, integrates romance, war, action and conspiracy.

Pop singer Wang Lee-hom (王力宏) will play the poet Li Bai (李白).

The Korean director is famous for his smash-hit film My Sassy Girl in 2001

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Yang Mi, Warner Bros. to produce Chinese Gossip Girl



Now that she’s not filming 10-15 series a year, workaholic Yang Mi has already found new work – producing.  Recently turned 26, the actress just started up her own workshop within her company, and their first project is the Chinese version of Gossip Girl, tentatively called “Chinese Girl” (original, right?) .  Co-produced by Yang Mi workshop,   Mingdao workshop and Warner Brothers, the series  will be set in Shanghai and feature six young starlets selected by Yang Mi.

“I might be a bit young for a producer, but I’ve been an actor for some ten years, and hope  to take on new challenges.”  said Yang Mi. “Young people shouldn’t be afraid of hardships and try different fields.  Do it while you’re young and have a chance to correct things.  I’m not scared of failure. ”

Yang Mi also said that most her choices will be regarding actors, costumes and styling, and that she’ll respect the director’s choices otherwise.

source: cfensi