Chinese actress Gong Li is set to star in movie “Shanghai” alongside Hollywood star John Cusack.

Chinese actress Gong Li

The story background is set in the turbulent era of Shanghai (pre-World War II); there are 2 versions about the plot, not sure which is the official one…

1. Cusack is starring as a journalist who visited Shanghai to find his missing friend and caught in a mobster war; while Gong Li plays as a mysterious lady who is a key figure in all the chaos.

2. Cusack a special agent sent by US to Shanghai to fight against the Japanese. Gong Li is a gangster boss and helps Cusack with the cause.

The movie is scheduled to start filming in February 2008.

26th Hong Kong Film Awards (2007) winning list; the award was presented on Sunday night (April 15)…

Best Film: After This Our Exile
Best Director: Patrick Tam Ka Ming (After This Our Exile)
Best Screenplay: Patrick Tam Ka Ming & Tian Koi Leong (After This Our Exile)
Best Actor: Lau Ching Wan (My Name Is Fame)
Best Actress: Gong Li (Curse Of The Golden Flower)
Best Supporting Actor: Gouw Ian Iskandar (After This Our Exile)
Best Supporting Actress: Zhou Xun (The Banquet)
Best New Performer: Gouw Ian Iskandar (After This Our Exile)
Best Cinematography: Andrew Lau Wai Keung & Lai Yiu Fai (Confession Of Pain)
Best Film Editing: Eric Kong Chi Leung (A Battle Of Wits)
Best Art Direction: Huo Tingxiao (Curse Of The Golden Flower)
Best Costume Make Up Design: Yee Chung Man (Curse Of The Golden Flower)
Best Action Choreography: Yuen Wo Ping (Fearless)
Best Original Film Score: Peter Kam Pui Tat (Isabella)
Best Original Film Song: Ju Hua Tai ?Curse Of The Golden Flower; Composer? Jay Chou; Lyric? Vincent Fang Wen Shan; Sung by? Jay Chou)
Best Sound Design: Nakom Kositpaisal (Re-Cycle)
Best Visual Effects: Ng Yuen Fai, Chas Chau Chi Shing, Emil Yee Kwok Leung, Alex Lim Hung Fung (Re-Cycle)
Best New Director: Daniel Wu (The Heavenly Kings)
Best Asian Film: Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles (China)

The best leading actors and actresses nominees for the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards had posed for a photoshot to promote the event.

Pretty nice photo, doesn’t seem like a clean shot though, more like a computer edited image instead…

The best leading actors and actresses nominees for the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards

From left to right… Chow Yun Fat, Isabella Leong, Aaron Kwok, Angelica Lee, Tony Leung, Rene Liu, Sean Lau, Jet Li and Teresa Mo (Gong Li who is also nominated was not available).

The award presentation night is on April 15, 2007.