The Gong show

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 April, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 April, 1995, 12:00am

GONG Li will probably be glad to be back at work now that shooting has resumed on the Shanghai set of Chen Kaige's Tempest Moon.

China's best-known actress has become increasingly testy with the paparazzi in the wake of her break-up with long-time partner, Chinese director Zhang Yimou, and her on-going affair with tobacco company executive Ooi Hoe Seong. Then, while reporters staked out Ooi's apartment in Hong Kong, Gong heard her mother had fallen seriously ill in Shandong, her home town.

She quietly slipped out of town to be with her mother but can expect to find herself back in the limelight now that Chen's troubled project is up and running again.

Having dispensed with the services of his original lead actress, Chen chose Gong for the part and has assembled a star-studded crew including award-winning art director William Cheung and cinematographer Chris Doyle, whose recent successes are said to have caught the eye of ICM, the Hollywood-based super agency that has already signed Andy Lau Tak-wah. ICM is also said to be after Stanley Kwan and Ann Hui.