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HONG KONG – Celestial Pictures has announced the winner of the Shaw Brothers remake screenplay competition.
Celestial will produce the screenplay by competition winner Tian Li, a remake of Love with the Perfect Stranger (1985) starring actor-director Derek Yee and Pauline Wong, whose debut screen performance won the best actress award at the 5th Hong Kong Film Awards. The script also won best screenplay at the ceremony. Tian Li will develop the new project under the guidance of Taiwanese director-actress Sylvia Chang, perhaps best know to Western audiences for her role in Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman.
The competition — part of Celestial’s New Directors Workshop program set up in 2011 to discover and cultivate new Chinese filmmakers — was held in conjunction with the Beijing Film Academy and China’s Youth Film Studio to mine the Celestial-owned Shaw Brothers classic film library. The academy’s 2011 graduating class and past graduates entered the competition by submitting treatments based on one of the ten pre-selected films from the 760-titled Shaw Brothers catelogue. Celestial, Beijing film Academy and Youth Film Studio will produce the winning screenplay.
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