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The Promise to Be Adapted to Broadway Musical

The Promise, an Oscar candidate movie and the latest work from the director of 1993 Oscar best foreign film nominee Farewell My Concubine, Chen Kaige, will be adapted to a Broadway musical, said the movie's producer Chen Hong in Beijing on Thursday.


Chen Hong, who made the movie with husband-cum-director Chen Kaige, claimed that the fairy world created in her movie is "without territorial boundary," and thus also fits in well with a musical.


"Our cooperation with Broadway will, I believe, write down a page in the world cultural exchange history," she said without naming the Broadway partner.


The Promise will debut on December 12 in Beijing and be released around the globe three days later.


The movie features a top-grade Asian cast that includes stars from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea and Japan.


A computer game, a book, stamps, toys and a documentary related to the movie will also be released soon. A blog website is established on one of China's biggest Internet portals to display movie stills in advance.


Chen Kaige made The Promise in 1,090 days, trekking for more than 10,000 kilometers and spending some 340 million yuan (about US$42 million).


The Promise was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and has now been recommended as the only Chinese mainland movie to compete for the Oscar award for the best foreign language film.


(Xinhua News Agency December 2, 2005)

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