Spielberg moved by Zhang Yimou's new film

By Zhang Rui
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Hollywood guru and veteran director Steven Spielberg was moved to tears by famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou's new film "Coming Home," China.org.cn learned.

Hollywood guru and veteran director Steven Spielberg (L) poses for shot with Chinese director Zhang Yimou. [Photo: China.org.cn]

Spielberg watched the film on April 7 at a private screening in the DreamWorks studio at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles, holding onto a tissue to wipe away the tears. The director told Zhang Yimou after he had finished watching it that the new film was "powerful."

It was a semi-public exchange between two legendary directors. According to witnesses, Spielberg said he cried for an hour during the film's viewing, "Oh my god, it's like a different you! Still intimate!"

Spielberg also noted that leading actor Chen Daoming was absolutely outstanding in the film, "I remember him, he collaborated with you before. He is so good and impresses me so much! Really," he said, adding, "Gong Li is incomparable, no doubt."

Steven Spielberg said he had not wanted to know anything about the film before watching it. "I just hoped to see how it might surprise me. In the end, it was just so beautiful," he said, "Deep and emotional." He asked Zhang about the timeline and background of the story, and declared that the film touches people's hearts to the extent that it might in fact be the "most in-depth film of the era. "

Adapted by Zhang from the novel "The Criminal Lu Yanshi," written by author Yan Geling, "Coming Home" tells the story of one Chinese intellectual's tragic life from the 1920s through to the 1990s, and marks Zhang's first film with longtime leading lady Gong Li since "Curse of the Golden Flower" in 2006.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights for the film's North American, Latin American, Australian and New Zealand releases. It has been heavily rumored to officially premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

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