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By Xu Fan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated:2017-03-22 10:14Leon Lai promotes his directorial debut Wine War in Beijing on March 19. [Photo provided to China Daily]Canton-pop megastar Leon Lai unveiled the backdrop of his directorial debut, Wine War, on Sunday in Beijing.The 50-year-old singer-actor from Beijing, whos hailed as one of the four “heavenly kings” in Hong Kong, has starred in a number of hit TV series and movies, such as the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival-nominated film, Three.Lai will show his new talents behind the camera in the forthcoming thriller.The movie, which will open across the Chinese mainland on May 19, portrays a shootem-up quest to possess a precious bottle of red wine produced in 1855.Lai plays the lead.The cast also includes supermodel-turned-actress Du Juan, Taiwan actor David Wang and model-actor Nan Fulong from Tianjin.Wine War cast (from left) includes Nan Fulong, Du Juan, Leon Lai and David Wang. [Photo provided to China Daily]Lai says Chinas historical connection with wine culture inspired the plot.”Ive read some papers that say China made red wine as long ago as during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). I then learned some top Chinese winemakers immigrated to Europe centuries ago,” Lai says.A Wine War trailer released at the Sunday event is packed with explosions, chases and stunts.Lai, who earned Western recognition with the 1997 romantic classic Comrades, Almost a Love Story, says he prefers brotherhood themes to romance.
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