Weinstein in H.K. to save 'Shanghai'


HONG KONG -- Weinstein Co. founder Harvey Weinstein made a surprise appearance at the Asian Film Awards on Monday night, as part of a trip to salvage a China-based project, a company executive said Tuesday.

"It's a two-track approach, and one of those approaches is to get back into Shanghai, although I honestly don't think that is going to happen," said Bey Logan, vp of the Weinstein Co., confirming Tuesday that Weinstein is in Hong Kong partly to try to resurrect the company's film "Shanghai."

A spy thriller set in 1941 in its eponymous city, the film will star John Cusack and Gong Li. However, the project was derailed in February when it was denied a location permit for Shanghai. The Chinese government declined to comment as to why, but it could be related to problems with the script, or because China is in the process of forming new ministries that would encompass the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, oversees China’s film industry and permit applications.

Logan confirmed that the company intends to go ahead with the movie, which also stars Ken Watanabe, but added little more could be said until the main stumbling block is cleared.

Weinstein presented the best actor award to Tony Leung Chiu-wai for his starring role in "Lust, Caution."

Julian Ryall contributed to this report.