Gong Li to star in Zhang Yimou's new film

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BEIJING, Aug. 6-- Chinese star Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat have signed on to star in acclaimed director Zhang Yimou, whose film"Hero" was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar, the industry press said.

Chinese star Gong Li, seen here in January

30005, and Chow Yun Fat have signed on to star in acclaimed director Zhang

Yimou, whose film'Hero' was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar.

(AFP) The movie,"Autumn Remembrance," will mark the first time in 11 years that Gong has co-worked with Zhang, who directed her in the 1991 global hit"Raise the Red Lantern."

In the new film to be shot in China, Gong plays an imperial bodyguard who falls in love with a prince played by"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"(30000) star Chow in a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, Daily Variety said.

"Autumn Remembrance" distributed by Elite Group, although no North American distribution deal has yet been sealed, Variety said.

Chow is currently starring in the Hollywood movie"Pirates of the Caribbean 2" while Gong is making Gong"Memoirs of a Geisha" for"Chicago" director Rob Marshall.

Zhang and Gong last worked together on 1995's"Shanghai Triad." Zhang went on to direct"Hero" and last year's Oscar-nominated"House of Flying Daggers."

(Source: China Daily/Agencies)