Zhang Ziyi Yuks it Up in My Lucky Star, Opening Stateside This Septemer

My Lucky Star (2013) Movie PosterApparently a sequel of sorts to Zhang Ziyi’s 2009 film “Sophie’s Revenge”, veteran American TV director Dennie Gordon’s 2013 movie “My Lucky Star” picks up with the character as she gets involved with a suave spy and all manner of International intrigue. The guy is played by Wang Leehom, an up and coming actor who just landed the plum lead in Stan Lee’s Chinese-US superhero co-production “The Annihilator”, and can next be seen in Michael Mann’s “Cyber” with Chris Hemsworth.

“My Lucky Star” has been picked up by China Lion, who will release the film on September 20th in North America on a day-and-date with Mainland China, which, I take it to mean it will arrive on U.S. screens at the same time it opens in China. Which is a rarity, and I don’t recall that happening very often with Chinese films Stateside.

At the moment, though, it’s only a limited release across the U.S. and Canada in major metro areas, including Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the Washington, D.C. area, with more locations to be announced. Feel free to keep tabs on future additional locations over at China Lion’s Facebook page.

A Chinese-U.S. co-production set in Asia and the States, “My Lucky Star” will follow the “comedic adventures of Sophie (Zhang) as she finds herself caught up in an international diamond heist that draws her towards a sexy spy (Wang) trying to save the world.”

If you’ve never seen “Sophie’s Choice,” you shouldn’t worry. “My Lucky Star” is supposed to be a self-contained storyline that simply uses Ziyi’s character from the 2009 film. If nothing else, this is the first time I’ve seen Ziyi in a comedic role. She’s always so serious and tragic in all her other movies, this is a real interesting turn for her, and no wonder she wanted to keep playing the character.