Yu Feihong juggles jobs in new film

2010-03-22 14:00 BJT


One of the Chinese Mainland's most renowned actresses has made a more than credible directorial debut behind the scenes of the new movie "Eternal Beloved." The tear-jerker about a couple who promise to reunite in the afterlife has thrust a more mature Yu Feihong back into the spotlight she stepped away from four years ago.

It has taken small screen beauty Yu Feihong 10 years to adapt the novel "Eternity of Love" into cinematic format. The filming process saw her take on multiple jobs - including scriptwriter, lead actress, director, and producer.

The movie is a "Romeo and Juliet" type of fable set in the late 19th century. Newlyweds Mo Xiaojiu, played by Yu, and her teacher husband move into an idyllic country house built on the site of a former monastery. One night, the wife is visited by a lovelorn ghost named Ming, who says he/she and his/her significant other were driven apart by a family rivalry in their previous lives.

The actress turned director says she was mesmerized by the story the first time she read it.

In her first attempt at helming a project, Yu makes the most of her professional network by bringing together all of the investors, cast, and crew members. The effort was all about making a long-held dream come true.

Yu Feihong said, "How many decades do we have in a lifetime? I know, clearly, that making this movie is an extreme luxury for me."