Representatives from China and Laos signs the deal for the first jointly-produced movie during a cultural expo in southern Chinese city of Nanning in May, 2014.[Photo: gb.cri.cn]
The shooting of the first-ever film jointly produced by China and Laos has kicked off in Lao capital Vientiane.
The movie, named Champa Blossoms, tells stories of beautiful love between Lao and Chinese nationals.
The movie, co-sponsored by the Lao government and a Chinese media company based in southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, aims to show the friendly relations between the two neighboring countries as well as their natural sceneries and cultural features.
Vithoun Soundara, acting director general of the Cinema Department under the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, said the movie is of great significance in promoting exchanges in tourism and cultural areas between the two countries.
Soundara also said the filming locations in Laos, including capital Vientiane, Vang Vieng and world heritage town Luang Prabang among others, are expected to become more popular thanks to the movie.
Filing locations on the Chinese side include Nanning and Guilin in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The two sides signed the deal for the movie back in 2014.
Financial details of the film’s shooting are unclear at this point.