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Director Xu Jinglei Swaps Styles in Her New Movie

http://www.chinese.cn 09:46, April 12, 2010 China.org.cn

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Xu Jinglei
Xu Jinglei

With beautiful faces, fashionable costumes and an intriguing portrayal of office politics, female director Xu Jinglei's upcoming movie "Go Lala Go!" is likely to be irresistible to young audiences.

"In recent years, I have become a big fan of Gossip Girls, 'Sex and City' and 'Lipstick Jungle' … I think these works are beautiful and amusing. If I make another movie, I will make something as pretty as that," the 36-year-old director said.

This is exactly what she has done with "Go Lala Go!" (Du Lala sheng zhi ji), her fourth feature, set for nationwide release on April 15. The costume designer Patricia Field has been invited to make sure the clothes are up to the minute. In addition to Xu, who plays the heroine Du Lala, the movie gathers heartthrobs like Taiwan model Pace Wu, Hong Kong singer-actress Karen Mok and Taiwan singer-actor Stanley Huang. Preview reports describe the movie as like a fashion show and easy on the eye.

The movie, adapted from Li Ke's bestseller of the same name, tells how the heroine, Du Lala manages to get promoted to HR manager of a foreign firm. But Xu says the movie is about a young woman's growth in society. The movie is the director's first attempt at commercial production. At over 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million), it was Xu's biggest budget production. The film was shot in Beijing, Shanghai and some foreign cities. Xu believes that her new work will be a hit and may pull in as much as 100 million yuan (US$15 million) in ticket sales.

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