One of China’s most famous actresses, Vicki Zhao (Zhao Wei) will attend the London Film Festival screenings of her debut feature as director, So Young…
Vicki Zhao is one of the most famous and iconic actresses of Chinese and Hong Kong cinema. She’s worked with some of Hong Kong’s leading directors, including Stephen Chow on Shaolin Soccer, John Woo on Red Cliff and Ann Hui on Jade Goddess of Mercy; as well as taking leading roles in films like So Close, Mulan, Painted Skin and its sequel Painted Skin: The Resurrection, and 14 Blades. She has been awarded the Hundred Flowers Award, Shanghai Film Critics Award, Huabiao Award, Golden Eagle TV Award, as well as the Best Actress award at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
But now the actress and pop singer has turned director herself with her debut film So Young (致我們終將逝去的青春), based on the best-selling novel To Our Youth that is Fading Away by Xin Yiwu the film centres on a young woman’s journey from childish fairytale dreams to adult realities and relationships. The film has become one of the biggest grossing films at the Chinese box office, grossing over 700 million yuan (US$115 million). It’s also already won several awards, including Best New Director at The 22nd Shanghai Film Critics Awards and Best Directorial Debut at The 29th Golden Rooster Awards.
We are of course delighted that Vicki Zhao will be in attendance herself to present the film at this years London Film Festival. The Red Carpet screening will take place on 17 October at Leicester Square’s Odeon West End, with a further screening on 18 October at Curzon Renoir.