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SONG Hye-kyo Signs with WONG Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films
Apr 22, 2019
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Korean Star Hopes for More Roles in Chinese-Language Projects
Korean star SONG Hye-kyo has signed a contract with Jet Tone Films, the film production company run by famed Hong Kong filmmaker WONG Kar-wai. SONG revealed the news this month when she attended the Hong Kong Film Awards as a presenter.
Jet Tone, which was jointly established by directors WONG and Jeff LAU in 1992, when WONG’s Ashes of Times (1995) was being made, manages many top Hong Kong stars, such as frequent WONG collaborators Carina LAU, Maggie CHEUNG and Tony LEUNG Chiu-Wai.
SONG, who gained enormous popularity as a TV star in the early 2000s through series such as Full House (2004), eventually moved into film roles, which include the period drama Hwang Jin Yi (2007) and the drama My Brilliant Life (2014). Her relationship with WONG began when she was cast in his most recent film, the period marital arts epic The Grandmaster, which was the opening film of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013. SONG went on to appear in John WOO’s two-part Chinese-Hong Kong epic The Crossing, which were released in 2014 and 2015.
The actress mentioned that through partnering with Jet Tone Films she hopes to be able to work with more great Chinese directors and actors in the future. She continues to be a major presence on the small screen, notably through the Korean drama series Descendants of the Sun, a major hit across Asia.