The latest film by Hong Kong director Peter Chan Ho-sun will take on the issue of child kidnapping in China, following the story of parents who have been tragically separated from their children.
The Hollywood Reporter:
The Wu Xia and American Dreams in China director will also produce the $12-million movie with Jojo Hui Yuet-chun with a script by Zhang Ji, which has no English title as yet. Its Chinese name translates as Dear Children.
American Dreams in China made $95 million in the box office, but the new movie marks a move into darker social themes.
Thousands of children are kidnapped in China every year, often sold for forced labor or for adoption, as traffickers look to capitalize on the demand for healthy babies.
Just last month, police smashed four child-trafficking rings and arrested more than one thousand people who were suspected of using websites to trade babies, and the month before that, a Chinese obstetrician was given the death sentence for selling seven babies to a trafficking ring after convincing patients that their newborns were sick.
Dear Children is about a band of parents who set out to find the children who were taken from them.
Actors Zhao Wei, Huang Bo and Tong Dawei (star of American Dreams in China) are among well-known names being cast in the film, a co-production between Chan’s We Pictures, China Vision Media Group, Stellar Mega Pictures Ltd Enlight Media Group and Happy Pictures Culture Communication. Production for the film began on April 4.
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