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Zhang weighs options

LOOKING for a new project after finishing a comedy, Zhang Yimou is considering adaptations of novels set against the "cultural revolution (1966-76)" and the Japanese invasion of China in World War II, according to his assistant.

The Chinese director is wrapping up an adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1984 movie "Blood Simple." Zhang's comedy about the owner of a Chinese noodle shop who plots to kill his cheating wife and her lover is scheduled to be released in China on December 11.

For his next movie, Zhang is considering four or five possible projects, Zhang's assistant, Pang Liwei, told The Associated Press yesterday. Pang would only reveal two of the possible projects -- both adaptations of Chinese-language novels.

These were Ai Mi's Internet-published novel "Shan Zha Shu Zhi Lian" -- or "The Love of the Hawthorn Tree" -- and Yan Geling's "Jin Ling Shi San Chai," or "The 13 Women of Nanjing," Pang said.

Ai's book is about the romance between a young woman and a young man from different class backgrounds during the "cultural revolution." Yan's novel is about 13 sex workers who volunteered to replace university students as escorts for invading Japanese soldiers in 1937.

Pang said the director will make a final decision on his next movie based on how far the script and casting for each of the projects is coming along.


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