Zhang Yimou has had a rough couple of years, following the box office disappointment of his 2011 film “Flowers of War” and the recent controversy about his violation of China’s one child policy. But Zhang looks to be rallying for a comeback, from the recent announcement that he’ll make his U.S. studio film debut with the Robert Ludlum thriller “The Parsifal Mosaic” to the Chinese teaser for his new film “Coming Home,” which shows a possible return to form in a few different ways.
“Coming Home” stars Chen Daoming and Gong Li. The film concerns an intellectual in the period of China’s Cultural Revolution as he’s forced into marriage, flees to America and is sent to a labor camp upon return. The teaser doesn’t reveal much, but it does show the kind of gorgeous images and sweeping feeling one comes to expect from the director of “Raise the Red Lantern” and “Hero.” On top of that, it’s Zhang’s first film with Gong since 2006’s “Curse of the Golden Flower.”
The film was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics in February, and while no U.S. release date has been announced yet (the film hits Chinese theaters in May), the film will have a preview screening at NYU next week on March 27. The screening will be attended by Zhang and Ang Lee, who will discuss the evolution of Chinese film and working in the West. Here’s to hoping Sony announces a release date soon.