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China back at Cannes with women's rights blockbuster

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and Chinese actor Li Xian arrive for the screening of the film "She's Got No Name" at the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France - AFP
25 May 2024 12:25


One of China's biggest-ever productions, "She's Got No Name", premiered in Cannes on Friday, bringing megastars like Zhang Ziyi to the red carpet as well as the thorny issue of women's rights.

Another Chinese film, Guan Hu's "Black Dog" was also announced as the winner of the side section, Un Certain Regard.

Hu, the director of some of the biggest blockbusters of recent years such as wartime epic "The Eight Hundred," returned to his indie roots for his new film. 

"When we make films that are a little more intimate, there is less pressure, they become more sincere films," he told AFP. 

"She's Got No Name," playing out-of-competition, by acclaimed Hong Kong director Peter Chan, has been generating a lot of buzz on Chinese social media thanks largely to its cast.

Zhang starred in the Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Rush Hour" alongside Jackie Chan, and earned a Golden Globe nomination for "Memoirs of a Geisha". 

Alongside her are Lei Jiayin, Yang Mi and Jackson Yee, of hugely successful boyband TFBoys and Oscar-nominated 2019 film "Better Days".

Zhang plays Zhan-Shou, a resilient woman in an unhappy marriage who is charged with the dismemberment of her husband.

Source: AFP
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