Wong Kar-wai to adapt I Belonged To You

Wong Kar-wai to adapt I Belonged To You

By Kevin Ma

Mon, 23 June 2014, 10:00 AM (HKT)

Production News

WONG Kar-wai 王家衛 is set to adapt a short story from the collection I Belonged to You 從你的全世界路過.

Author ZHANG Jiajia 張嘉佳 confirmed the news yesterday on his Weibo microblog, although there is still some confusion as to whether Wong is directing or producing the film. Zhang wrote that the film, with which he collaborated closely with the Hong Kong director, is set to begin shooting soon with a very strong cast.

Originally published on the internet as "bedtime stories", the book is divided into 38 chapters. It is described as a "cluttered" collection of love stories written in the style of a "friend narrating his tales to you in the middle of the night."

Wong's film is an adaptation of the chapter called 擺渡人 (literally Ferryman), about an affair between a girl and a married artist in Changchun. Rights for individual chapters of the book have reportedly been sold to other film companies, but Wong's adaptation is the first that has been officially announced by Zhang himself.

According to its publisher, stories from the book have been reposted 1.5 million times on Chinese microblogs. In book form it has reportedly sold over two million copies. Zhang previously co-wrote the script of Wuershan 烏爾善's The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman 刀見笑 (2010).

Earlier this month, Mei Ah Entertainment Group Ltd 美亞娛樂資訊集團有限公司's Patrick TONG 唐慶枝 told local media that Wong was preparing to shoot a romance in 2015, although this may be an unrelated project.

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