Rock star Cui Jian to show Blue Bone

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Chinese rock musician Cui Jian is teaming up with Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano to make a movie about music and love, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cui announced the plan for "The Blue Bone", his first stand-alone feature film as a director, at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. He said filming is expected to start in Beijing at the end of this year.

Kitano, whose film "Outrage" is competing for the top Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival, is on board as an executive producer for Cui's film.

Cui told The Hollywood Reporter that he is also hoping to get acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle to lens the picture.

"The Blue Bone" is named after a hit song from Cui's 2005 album "Show You Color". Cui said the project began as a three-part story tracing the life of a young musician, with each part represented by a color and a music genre: red for rock and roll, blue for electronic music and yellow for pop music. As he developed the script, Cui dropped the red and yellow stories and expanded the blue one to feature length.

The film will be produced by Beijing-based Antaeus Film, the company behind the 2008 action blockbuster film "Ip Man".

Forty-eight-year-old Cui, who gained stardom with several trailblazing hits in the 1980s, is known as the godfather of Chinese rock music. He previously directed one of the two segments of the film "Chengdu, I Love You" (trailer ), the closing film of the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

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