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Singer Jay Chou's directorial debut to be released in late July
2007-06-08 03:17:55 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Taiwan actor-singer Jay Chou (L), Chinese mainland actress Gong Li (C) and Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat pose during a news conference to promote their movie "Curse of the Golden Flower" in Taipei, Taiwan, in this December 19, 2006 file photo. (REUTERS/Jameson Wu)

HONG KONG, Jun 8 (AP) -- Taiwanese singer Jay Chou's directorial debut, a teenage campus romance, will be released in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in late July, a publicist for the movie said Friday.

"Secret," shot at Chou's old high school, follows a student played by Chou as he unravels the mystery behind his love interest's sporadic attendance at school, publicist Joyce Wang told The Associated Press.

Chou, 28, came up with the plot and directed the film, and it was shot by famed cinematographer Lee Pin-bing, best known for his work with Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, a past winner at the Cannes and Venice film festivals.

Wang said she didn't know the movie's budget.

Chou, one of Chinese pop's biggest names, is beginning to make his mark in the movie industry.

His performance in "Initial D," adapted from a Japanese comic book about a street car racer, won him best new actor prizes at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards.

Chou followed up by playing a prince in the new Zhang Yimou epic "Curse of the Golden Flower," alongside Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li. The movie revolves around family politics in an ancient Chinese imperial household.

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