My Lucky Star (非常幸運)
Chinese romantic comedy starring Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and Leehom Wang (王力宏), among other A-listers, that has more to distinguish it than just its superstar cast. Zhang has executive producer credits for the film, her second following Sophie’s Revenge (非常完美：奪愛大作戰) in 2009, to which it also serves as a prequel. Sophie (played by Zhang) is a telephone operator who loves to daydream, and one day she wins a luxury visit to Singapore. She meets the most amazing man (played by Wang), who happens to be a secret agent, and Sophie inevitably gets caught up in a complex deal over stolen diamonds. With location shoots all over Asia, including luxury locations in Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong and Beijing, the film offers a wish fulfillment fantasy in its purest form. The humor is also more accessible to Western audiences, a fact that may be explained by the presence of Dennie Gordon in the director’s chair. Gordon has credits in television for Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, The Practice and 30 Rock, and with My Lucky Star becomes the first US director to helm a production targeted at a domestic Chinese audience.