Chinese Teaser Offers First Look at Zhang Yimou's 'Coming Home' (Video)

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Chen Daoming in "Coming Home"

The film will get a private preview screening at NYU next week, where Oscar-winner Ang Lee will join the Chinese director to discuss his latest work and the recent evolution of Chinese cinema.

The first teaser trailer for Chinese director Zhang Yimou's upcoming period drama Coming Home surfaced Thursday on Chinese streaming video site LeTV.

The sweeping, emotion-laden spot is light on dialog and heavy on longing glances between Chinese stars Gong Li and Chen Daoming. Set during China's politically sensitive Cultural Revolution period, the film tells the story of an intellectual who is forced into marriage, flees to America and is sent to a labor camp upon his return to China. The film marks a reunion of sorts for Zhang and Li, who were once romantically linked and produced some of his their most acclaimed work together (Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern).

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According to Coming Home's producers, Le Vision Pictures -- which Zhang joined last year as a creative director -- a scene from the film will be given a private preview screening at New York University on March 27. Oscar-winner Ang Lee is slated to attend the event and join Zhang in a discussion of Chinese cinema's evolution over recent years, and how working in the West has impacted both directors’ approach to filmmaking.

Zhang appears to be on the comeback path, after a tough recent few years for the director, which included being fined $1.2 million for breaching China's one-child policy and the disappointing box office and critical reception of his latest film, Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale.

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In February, Zhang boarded his first U.S. studio project, The Parsifal Mosaic, Universal's adaptation of the 1982 Robert Ludlum novel. And on Tuesday, sources told THR exclusively that Zhang is in talks to direct Legendary CEO Thomas Tull's longtime pet project, The Great Wall, which was conceived with World War Z writer Max Brooks.

According to the new teaser, Coming Home is due out in May. Earlier in the week LeVision announced that it will be screened in Imax 4K -- a first for a Chinese film.

Watch the spot below.