Cannes 2012: Chinese Remake of 'Dangerous Liaisons' With Zhang Ziyi Sold to Multiple Territories

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The "Memoirs of a Geisha" star will serve as the event ambassador.

Asian stars Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong-gun, Cecilia Cheung, Shawn Dou and Lisa Lu star in the movie that had its world premiere in Directors' Fortnight in Cannes.

Hur Jin-ho's romantic thriller Dangerous Liaisons is selling well across Asia with multiple deals struck for the Chinese-backed movie.

Easternlight, the Asian arm of Arclight Films, inked the deals for the film whose cast reads like a who's who of global Asian talent including Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Jang Dong-gun (The Promise), Cecilia Cheung (Shaolin Soccer), Shawn Dou (The Flowers of War) and Lisa Lu (2012).

Hur's film moves the setting of the French literature classic to 1930s Shanghai. Stephen Frears directed the 1988 film version of Dangerous Liaisons, starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer and based on Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation of the book.

The new film, which had its world premiere in Directors' Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival, is produced by Zonbo Media and will be distributed by Zonbo in China.

Global sales and finance banner Easternlight said the film has been sold to Shaw Media (Singapore), Logo (Thailand), PT Amero Mitra (Indonesia), Galaxy Studios (Vietnam)and San Chi (Taiwan).

Airline rights have been corralled by Entertainment in Motion, Easternlight said.

“With such an exciting and welcoming reception from audiences in Cannes that include buyers, media and the public alike, we are optimistic about the international commercial success of Dangerous Liaisons and look forward to what’s to come,” said Easternlight managing director Ying Ye.