Charlie Yeung tackles rape in directorial debut

1 March 2013 / 3 years 7 months ago

It took five long years for Charlie Yeung (楊采妮) to realize her directing dreams. This summer, the Hong Kong actress will finally release her directorial debut, Christmas Rose in cinemas.A legal thriller about an ambiguous rape case, the film is produced by Tsui Hark (徐克) and Jacob Cheung (張之亮). The film stars Aaron Kwok (郭富城) as defense attorney Tim, who quits his empowering job to work as a prosecutor for the Justice Department. Tim agrees to help the handicapped piano teacher, Jing (Kwai Lun Mei 桂綸鎂), who is suing her doctor, Zhou (Chang Chen 張震) for sexual harassment during a routine check-up.The case is trickier than Tim originally perceived. Not only is Zhou a renowned surgeon with an impressive reputation, Zhou’s defense attorney, Freddy (Xia Yu 夏雨) is also Tim’s successor at his old law firm. The ambitious Freddy strives to defeat Tim in the high-stakes legal battle.Charlie has been working on the script of Christmas Rose since early 2008. After winning an HAF Excellence Award at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum in 2009, Christmas Rose received full financing from the organization, which totaled $2 million USD.Yu Dong (于冬), the CEO of the film’s production company, Bona Films, admitted that he was initially hesitant on investing in the film. With such a controversial topic serving as the film’s core, Yu feared that the film would become a critical and commercial disappointment. “After seeing Charlie’s hard work and knowing that producers Tsui Hark and Jacob Cheung are completely supporting her, my confidence in the project grew. Thanks to Charlie’s ‘˜friendship cards,’ the film is now supported by a huge cast!‘“The film’s subject matter is a nightmare that none of us ever dared to touch on,‘ said Chang Chen. “I was a bit iffy about accepting this film. After all, sexual harassment is a very taboo topic.‘Christmas Rose is planned for a May 2013 release in mainland China.

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