Stephen Chow in Contract Dispute with Kitty Zhang
After Eva Huang Sheng Yi, Stephen Chow Sing Chi is entangled in yet another contractual dispute with one his “Sing Girls,” Kitty Zhang Yu Qi. Since her acceptance to take part in Bai Lu Yuan <白鹿原>, Stephen Chow has remained silent until now.
Per Stephen Chow, “There are several departments in my company, my only obligations are with the directing aspect. To have a director engage in managerial issues, wouldn’t that be rather absurd?” When asked upon his opinion on how both his recent “Sing Girls” leeched off of him and left, he helplessly replied, “I think discussing this is useless, I’m letting the lawyers handle all of this.”
When asked whether Stephen was disappointed with promoting new artists, he expressed that when directing a film, new and old artists will be used and whether the company will sign on new artists, that would be a decision the company makes.
Pandamao: Unlike Huang Sheng Yi, I felt Kitty Zhang Yu Qi is more grateful of what Stephen Chow gave her. I sense less of a betrayal in this exchange as compared to Huang Sheng Yi, probably because Huang Sheng Yi seemed a bit more vocal about it. I definitely do sympathize with both since Stephen Chow takes forever to film a movie and to have them turn down great opportunities is rather selfish of Stephen Chow too. Regardless, I respect all decisions made from each party.
On a side note, according to wikipedia, we might be seeing Kitty Zhang in Stephen Chow’s new movie,Journey to the West.