Sophie's Revenge

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Sophie's Revenge
Sophierevengeposter.jpg
Directed by Eva Jin
Produced by Zhang Ziyi
Ling Lucas
Ming Beaver Kwei
Written by Eva Jin
Starring Zhang Ziyi
Fan Bingbing
Peter Ho
So Ji-sub
Yao Chen
Ruby Lin
Music by Nathan Wang
Cinematography Armando Salas
Edited by Tang Hua
Cheung Ka Fai
Production
company
Beijing Perfect World Co
CJ Entertainment
Sophie Production Ltd.
Distributed by China Film Group
EDKO
Release dates
  • 14 August 2009 (2009-08-14)
Running time 108 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin Chinese
Budget US$7 million
Box office US$15.2 million[1][2]

Sophie's Revenge (Chinese: 非常完美; pinyin: Fēicháng Wánměi) is a 2009 Chinese-Korean film starring Zhang Ziyi, So Ji-sub, Fan Bingbing, Ruby Lin, Peter Ho, and Yao Chen.

This movie is a co-production between Beijing Perfect World Co. with South Korean company CJ Entertainment. Sound and effects help also came from South Korea through Seoul-based postproduction houses Blue Cap and HFR. According to the news, China Film Group released "Sophie's Revenge" on 14 August in China on more than 1,000 screens nationwide.[3]

A prequel titled My Lucky Star starring Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom was produced in 2013.

Synopsis[edit]

Comic book artist Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) is a sweet and carefree girl brimming with creativity. She and her handsome surgeon boyfriend of two years, Jeff (So Ji-sub), are the perfect couple. After his marriage proposal to her in front of her family and all of her friends, Sophie is the happiest person in the world.

One day, Jeff meets a famous movie star, Joanna (Fan Bingbing), during a surgical procedure. Immediately afterwards, he breaks up with Sophie.

Devastated, Sophie takes to bed. She is unable to face anyone, especially her mother who had been planning the wedding. Sophie decides to cover up the break-up, with only her 2 best friends, Lucy (Ruby Lin) and Lily (Yao Chen) knowing the truth. She comes up with a master plan: she will use the remaining two months before the wedding date to do whatever it takes to get Jeff back.

She also plans to publish her many strategies in her new comic book. She wants to show women everywhere how to use a 'scientific' approach to win love back. Sophie's first strategy of "Generosity and Forgiveness" does not go well. At a Halloween party, hosted by Gordon (Peter Ho), a photographer, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol. She stumbles upon a photo of Gordon and Joanna together which immediately gives her the idea of forming an alliance with him, believing they were lovers. Gordon agrees to become Sophie's partner and her quest for revenge becomes a roller coaster of farcical twists and turns.

Soon after a Christmas party at Gordon's place, Joanna reveals to Sophie that she has never lost Jeff at all and asked Gordon to keep an eye on her. It was then revealed that he and Joanna are actually siblings because he's been taking care of her since they were young. Feeling betrayed, Sophie gives up the notions of love and tells Gordon to leave her alone. Her mother then learns the truth and is finally able to convince her to give love another chance. Sophie calls off her relationship with Jeff and goes to visit Gordon, just to find he's gone and Joanna is there instead. Joanna tells her Gordon left for Europe, not even saying when he plans to come back. She also tells Sophie that Gordon's love for her is real.

For two years she had no news from Gordon, so she decided to draw their story into a book with the intention of helping others discover their own inner-selves and true love.

At the end Gordon, and Little San-hei, meet her again and both reveal the still have feelings for each other.

Cast[edit]

Late twenties. Comic Book artist. She is a creative, strong-willed young lady who is full of creative ideas.

A photographer, he gets entangled in Sophie's web of intrigue. Gordon is Joanna's older brother whom has been taking care of her since their parents died, but it wasn't revealed until near the end of the movie.

Late twenties, famous movie star. She is Gordon's younger sister.

Early thirties, USA-trained surgeon. Since Jeff is the "dream husband", two women (his ex-girlfriend and current girlfriend) fight for his love. He cannot stand the idea of his girlfriend still tangled up with his old flame.

Late twenties, Sophie's close friend and her literary agent. She changes her boyfriends faster than she changes her underwear.

Late twenties, Sophie's other close friend. Her greatest goal in life is to marry a rich man.

  • Wang Ji as Sophie's mother
  • Cheng Qian as Host Role

Production[edit]

Sophie's Revenge is written and directed by Chinese-American filmmaker Eva Jin.[4] Lead Zhang Ziyi co-financed the film, according to Sina.com The project was announced by the South Korean company CJ Entertainment at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2008.[5]

It's Zhang Ziyi's first appearance in such an avant-garde film. Compared to many of Zhang Ziyi's other films, Sophie's Revenge has a much more ordinary and simple plot while the costumes are more contemporary. Zhang even wears more than ten nightgowns.[6]

The story, set in Beijing, features top Asian stars and Chinese remakes of bouncy K-pop tunes, but shows no hint of regional color and strictly limits the camera to cosmopolitan venues like gyms and modern art galleries.[7]

Staff[edit]

  • Director : Eva Jin
  • Writer : Eva Jin
  • Producer : Ming Beaver Kwei
  • Producer : Ling Lucas
  • Producer : Zhang Ziyi
  • Cinematographer : Armando Salas
  • Production Designer : Second Chan
  • Visual Effects supervisor : Sing-Choong Foo
  • Edit : Cheung Ka-Fai, Tang Hua
  • Music : Nathan Wang
  • Additional Music : Dong Dongdong
  • Sound Designer : Kim Suk-Won
  • Executive Producer : Song Ge, Katharine Kim, Wang Wei, Nathan Chow, Kevin Yung
  • Producers : Du Yang, Mike Hyun-Dong Shu
  • Co-Producer : Second Chan

Reception[edit]

  • Ben Umstead of Twitch Film wrote "SOPHIE'S REVENGE comes across as a film for women" "Most of the female characters are shallow and vapid. Similarly to SEX AND THE CITY, the women in this film preach about the strength of the female sex and how the female will never be complete until they find their male counterpart."[8]
  • "The story doesn't exactly venture into unexpected territory, but there are lots of little animated scenes and other embellishments that make this more charming and imaginative than the run-of-the-mill movies in the genre being churned out today." "Sophie’s Revenge is a fairly entertaining example of the genre no matter where the audience lives." – JapanCinema.com 24 August 2012 [9]

Trivia Facts[edit]

The "memory box boy" from the film came from an actual dream that director Eva Jin had. [10]

The original Mandarin Chinese title, "Fei Chang Wan Mei," literally means "very perfect."

Awards and nominations[edit]

2011 China HuaDing Film Awards
  • Won: Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Lin)
2010 China Student Film Awards
  • Won : Most popular Actress (Zhang Zi Yi)
2010 Guangzhou Student Film Festival
  • Won : Special Prize from critics
  • Nom : Best Film
  • Nom : Best Director
  • Nom : Best Actress (Zhang Zi Yi)
  • Nom : Best Supporing Actress (Fan Bing Bing)
2010 Next Generation Director Awards
  • Won : Best New Director (Eva Jin)
2010 China Film Media Awards
  • Won : Best New Director (Eve Jin)

Prequel[edit]

A prequel titled My Lucky Star starring Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom was produced in 2013. The film was directed by Dennie Gordon who became the first American woman to direct a feature for the Chinese market. Zhang reprises her lead role as Sophie, who embarks on a romantic adventure from Beijing to Singapore to Hong Kong to Macau.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) 2009 Yearly Box Office Ranking for Mainland China
  2. ^ Total Gross for "Sophie's Revenge" Worldwide (excluding Mainland China)
  3. ^ (English) Zhang Ziyi stars in novice director's 'Revenge', 2009-08-10. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  4. ^ (English) "Zhang Ziyi does comedy". 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  5. ^ (English) "'Love Rival' of Zhang Ziyi". 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  6. ^ (English) "Would You Like to See Zhang Ziyi in a Comedy?". 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ (English) "'Sophie's Revenge’ Satisfies to a Point". 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  8. ^ "NYAFF 2010: SOPHIE'S REVENGE Review". Twitchfilm.com. 2010-06-27. 
  9. ^ "Sophie’s Revenge – Review". Japancinema.net. 2012-08-24. 
  10. ^ "Sophie's Creator: an interview with director Eva Jin". Asia Pacific Arts. 2010-09-09. 
  11. ^ "Zhang Ziyi Returns for My Lucky Star". comingsoon.net. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dennie Gordon To Direct China Pic ‘My Lucky Star’". deadline.com. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

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