'Blossoms Shanghai' by Wong Kar Wai Teaser Released: What We Know So Far
Despite being away from the limelight for eight years, it's been quite a year for Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai. His masterpieces were restored and screened in the Lincoln Centre, in Hong Kong cinemas and arrived in a Criterion box set, alongside the release of a new documentary. The clamour that the restored version of his beloved works received shows that the legendary filmmaker is still very much loved despite his long hiatus.
But the long break has been productive as Wong has been working hard on his highly-anticipated come back to the director's seat with Blossoms Shanghai. It looks like we won't be waiting too long now as the first trailer of the TV series has just been revealed. The period drama marks the director's switch to television and teams up with award-winning Shanghainese screenwriter Qin Wen.
Blossoms Shanghai is an adaptation of the award-winning novel, Blossoms by Jin Yucheng and will star Hu Ge as Bao, a self-made millionaire. The story follows Bao and "his journey of reinvention from young opportunist with a troubled past to the heights of the gilded city of Shanghai", according to the official synopsis. The series will be set in 1990s Shanghai amidst the city's massive economic growth and showcase "the glamour that follows [Bao's] wealth and his entanglement with four women that represents the pursuits of his life: adventure, honour, love and innocence".
The series is also the follow-up of Wong's In the Mood for Love and 2046. From the trailer, we can expect stunning visuals that Wong's works are known and loved for under the aid of cinematographer Peter Pau, who won an Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Through the superb cinematography, Wong pays homage to his birthplace, Shanghai.
"Jin Yucheng’s landmark novel Blossoms has been the perfect backdrop to visualise and share my love for my birth city," said Wong to The Film Stage. "With the series, I would like to invite the audience to immerse in the intrigues of Shanghai and its inhabitants in the early 1990s, an exciting time that paved the way for the prosperity of modern Shanghai." Blossoms Shanghai will be produced by Jet Tone and is set for a 2022 release.