Uniting for the first time with British actor Christian Bale, star of The Dark Knight, American Psycho and The New World, Zhang adapts Yan Geling`s novel, the story of an American citizen named John Miller, who arrives in China during the 1937 rape of Nanking, when the city was overrun by invading Japanese troops. Seeking shelter in a nearby cathedral, Miller becomes the unwitting protector of a group of schoolgirls who live in the building, a situation that gets even more complicated when a handful of local prostitutes also desperate to survive arrive at the church.
Below Zhang talks about what drew him to this particularly part of Chinese history, how it felt to helm the most expensive film ever made in his country and what it was like to collaborate with the explosives team that worked on Saving Private Ryan. Zhang is joined in the discussion by his star, Christian Bale, who gives an insight into what it was like to work in China and be accompanied by his own personal bodyguard.
By Kaye S.
An experienced director-writer in Singapore's independent production industry, Lee Thean-jeen has written, directed, edited or overseen more than a hundred hours of award-winning television since 2000, winning multiple awards along the way.
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by Raymond Tan
As I approach the office of Shaw Pictures, I was greeted by a Shaw executive, who led me to a staircase where Chai Yee Wei was happily perched on, fiddling his cellphone. He gets up, smiles and gives me a firm handshake.