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Looper's Summer Qing has roles in past, present, future
October 6th, 2012 12:51PM

Summer Qing hopes American audiences will soon recognize her after appearing as Bruce Willis' wife in the new movie Looper. She's already a familiar face in China. Looper gives a nod to that with a hammock scene in which the book Laughing in the Wind, which was the basis for one of her Chinese TV series, is seen.

Qing spoke to Cinema Verdict through a translator just after the time-travel movie--also starring Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Emily Blunt--was released in both the United States and China.

According to the British Guardian newspaper, Looper topped Chinese releases, with a gross estimated at $23 million-$25 million. With a $21 million opening in the States, that makes it the "first blockbuster to boast a bigger opening weekend figure in China than for its US debut," the Guardian said. Qing said she was pleased with Looper's strength in China.

Director Rian Johnson was looking for a Chinese actress for the U.S.-China co-production, and liked Qing's work in the historical epic The Founding of a Republic and the Hong Kong action picture Flash Point, in which she played a "good bad girl." Qing didn't get to do action scenes in Looper, although she has done some in Hong Kong and China.

Her Chinese career leans toward historical epics like Farewell my Concubine and The Emperor's Shadow. Qing says she enjoys both styles of movies, although they give her a "different feeling."

For Looper, Qing traveled between Louisiana and China, filming scenes with Willis around New Orleans and a beach scene with Gordon-Leavitt in Shanghai.

Qing finds the differences between working in China, Hong Kong, and the United States small. "What does matter is to have a good team," she said, noting that she's been fortunate in that regard, working with actors who are "professional and passionate about what they do."

Qing hopes she'll get to show her skills in a stateside action movie soon. In the meantime, she's got three projects--an action movie and two biopics, all optioned from books--in the works through her own production company and destined for international release. Qing's company has already released two films, and she enjoys the variety that having her own company brings.

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