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Hong Kong director intrigued by Chinese 'Tempest'

Hong Kong director intrigued by Chinese 'Tempest'

Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark has agreed to direct a Chinese stage adaptation of "The Tempest," saying he was intrigued by the process of translating Shakespeare into Peking Opera.
The Peking Opera's production of "The Tempest" is a collaboration with Taiwanese theater director Wu Hsing-kuo, who also stars in the show.
"Adapting Shakespeare into Peking Opera is very difficult. I wanted to take part in this very special process," Tsui told a news conference in Hong Kong on Thursday.
Calling his work on "The Tempest" a "comparative literature class," the Hong Kong director said, "Old Chinese literature and English literature provide a very good contrast in the expression of human nature and emotions."
Wu said Tsui brought a filmmaker's perspective to the production, noting in particular his ability to draw detailed story boards.
"He immediately creates a template for the image and space. The template gives us guidance on our costumes, backdrops, props and set," Wu said.
Tsui is not the only person from the movie industry involved in the production.
The set and costume designer is Tim Yip, who won an Oscar for his work on Ang Lee's kung fu hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Tsui's credits include the kung fu epic "Seven Swords," "Once Upon A Time in China," starring Jet Li, as well as "Knock Off" and "Double Team," both starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
"The Tempest" will be staged in Hong Kong on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 as part of the New Vision Arts Festival.


Updated : 2022-01-22 23:52 GMT+08:00

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