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'Crazy dame' makes Chinese film

Updated: 2013-09-17 07:26
By Liu Wei (China Daily)

'Crazy dame' makes Chinese film

A scene from My Lucky Star, a Chinese-language film made by American director Dennie Gordon. Provided to China Daily

American director Dennie Gordon has done something so unusual that her 24-year-old son calls her a "crazy dame".

The 50-year-old is the first female director from the United States to make a Chinese-language film. She has teamed up with Zhang Ziyi, star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to make My Lucky Star, a romantic-comedy set to premiere in China on Sept 17.

Gordon directed episodes of TV comedies 30 Rock and The Office and feature films including What a Girl Wants and Joe Dirt before meeting Song Ge, a producer of Zhang's 2009 film, Sophie's Revenge.

They talked about making a film in China, the fastest-growing film market in the world. Zhang joined the project later.

"My son is also a filmmaker and he said to me, you are one crazy dame," she laughs.

"But I love crazy challenges and everybody wants to know what the Chinese market is really like. There is this huge audience here and at the same time, it is so unpredictable and incredibly powerful."

'Crazy dame' makes Chinese film

'Crazy dame' makes Chinese film

'Crazy dame' makes Chinese film

'My Lucky Star' premieres in Singapore

Zhang Ziyi and Leehom Wang promote 'My Lucky Star' 

Zhang Ziyi shows chameleon style in 'My Lucky Star' 

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