LOVE & TREACHERY
TO THE BIG SCREEN
In a high profile event in London, Chen Deming,
Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and The
Right Honorable Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business,
Enterprise & Regulatory Reform supervise a signing ceremony for
the Sacrifice motion picture, validating the importance
of our story as not only a great feature film, but also a strong
diplomatic opportunity to highlight Chinese culture to
|The film version of
Sacrifice received endorsment at the highest
politial levels in London.
Standing (L to R): Susan Xu (Vice-President,
China Film Co-Production), Zhang Xun
(President, China Film Co-Production), Chen
Deming (Minister of Commerce of the PRC),
Richard Daniels (Composer), Lord Mandelson
(Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise &
Regulatory Reform, UK), Mark Troop (Composer)
Sitting (L to R): Liu Yan (ESA Cultural
Investment), Liu Rong (Dadi Media),
Kenneth Clarke (Author)
The film version is unique by being one of the very few
Chinese stories that is not a Kung fu action film, but rather, a
story of love, greed, duty and betrayal, that is commercially
targetted to western cinema ticket buyers.
Sacrifice is the story of Emperor Xuanzong (of the
prosperous Tang dynasty 618-907 AD) who during the later part of
his rein, brings Yang GuiFei, one of China’s most beautiful
women, into his court as a concubine.Yang Guifei was the last of
the Four Great Beauties of ancient China. Yang Guifei's real
name was Yang Yuhuan and she was originally betrothed and
married to Prince Shou, one of Xuanzong's numerous sons.
However, when Xuanzong saw her, he fell head over heels in love
and forced her to divorce Prince Shou. Later he took her as his
own imperial consort, thus the name "Yang Guifei." Although he
was a competent emperor at one time, Xuanzong's obsession with
Yang Guifei caused him to neglect court affairs. This eventually
led to a power struggle for central control of the government
involving An Lushan and Yang Guozhong, both of whom had gained
favor and power due to Yang Guifei's influence. The consequences
were dire and Yang Guifei was blamed for the rebellion, forcing
Xuanzong to make a painful decision... saving the woman he loves
or preserving his crumbling dynasty.
Ultimately the message is simple; true love means sacrifice. Her immortal beauty ended a dynasty and gave
birth to new era in Chinese history.
This great story enticed three western authors to China,
intoxicated by its exoticism. What they found is the perfect
vehicle for drawing west and east together; a transcendent love
story that is, in fact, universal.
The film and musical, while telling the same story, do so in
different ways. While the musicals greatest strength is its
musical's format and target demographic, the film's greatest
strength is its visual ability to better portray the lavish and
lush Tang period, and to reach a much wider international
|(L to R): Creators Kenneth
Clarke, Mark Troop, Richard Daniels presenting the
film version of Sacrifice at the Shanghai
International Film Festival.
The Sacrifice team were invited to present the film
development at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Following this, various potential co-production partners have
pursued interest, however the authors and Producers are
withholding rights to pursue a non-political co-production, in
order to best showcase the story for foreign audiences, and to
enhance the musical.
Review the press clippings to see
the history of development of the project too date. A treatment and draft screenplay are
available for interested parties.