Zhang Ziyi at the press conference in Beijing promoting new film “A Tale of Magic”. Photo by Shanghai Daily
Zhang Ziyi has re-emerged to promote her new film “A Tale of Magic” directed by Gu Changwei. Gu is known for his directorial debut, “Peacock“, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005 and frequent collaborations with Chinese directors Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou.
This was Zhang’s first public appearance since a torrent of bad press over her botched donations to victims of the earthquake in Sichuan Province in 2008. Rumors surfaced online, accusing Zhang of only giving a portion of the 1 million yuan she had promised for relief work. Although Zhang recently acknowledged that not all of the pledged 1 million yuan was transferred initially, she has said she has since made up the difference.
Zhang co-stars with Hong Kong actor-singer Aaron Kwok in the movie featuring a couple with AIDS. Shooting on the film continues.