Following on from “The Grandmaster,” filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai has shifted his plans for his next project with an adaptation of short stories by Jin Yucheng entitled “Blossoms” set to be his next film.
“Depicting chores and trifles of urban life, such as grocery shopping and hosting a dinner party, Blossoms provides a vivid image of the daily life of ordinary Shanghai people. Focusing on a hundred characters, and several main ones, the whole story is carried out over two time-lines: from the 1960s to the mid-1970s, the end of the Cultural Revolution; and from the 1980s to the start of the 21st century. As the two time periods alternate, the book unveils the two faces of the city: the Shanghai of old and the modernized metropolis it is today.”
Blossoms was one of the most popular novels in China in 2013 and was written in “modified” Shanghai dialect – that is, in a way that makes the language more understandable to non-natives.
Wong is scripting the film version with Jin which will likely focus on a smaller subset of characters.
Wong was originally going to make “Ferryman” next but now only remains attached to that project as a producer.