Chinese Interior Designers, Chinese Architects to Host ‘The Art of Living’ at the Oscars
The Chinese designers of the Oscars are going to be on hand to host the world premiere of a new film about their home design in the Hollywood Bowl.
The “The Art Of Living” film will be directed by former Hollywood stars Lee Jee-woon and Lee Hwi-jung and will premiere at the 67th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2018, said a statement from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which represents Chinese designers.
The announcement comes just days after Chinese authorities arrested Lee Hui-joon and other top designers for allegedly defrauding the state of more than $2.2 billion.
The Chinese government said that a criminal investigation into the fraud has been launched.
The three designers — Lee Joon-chul, Lee Hwang and Lee Seung-kiu — were arrested in the United States on March 3.
The group allegedly committed fraud by creating fake business entities to commit real estate fraud, the statement said.
The suspects will be extradited to China and face charges.
“The film will focus on how the two-year-old film ‘The Life of the Party’ has inspired Chinese designers to explore their craft and their passion,” the statement from Hollywood Chamber said.
“We are honored to welcome this talented group to Hollywood and look forward to welcoming them to our community and our country.”
Lee Joo-woo, the film’s executive producer, said in a statement that the group “will work to bring this story to life in a way that honors the people of China, their art and their culture.”
Lee Hwa-jin, an actor who plays a detective in the film, was in Hong Kong on Wednesday to meet with a Chinese film executive about the production.
“My heart is really heavy.
This is really a great moment for me,” Hwa said.
Lee was arrested in October and faces up to 20 years in prison on fraud charges, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“In the United Kingdom, we had a similar incident where the same people were arrested for fraud,” Lee said at the time.
“They’re doing the same thing here, so it’s really sad.”
Lee and Hwi are also accused of failing to file tax returns for the years 2007 and 2008.
The two were also charged in connection with the 2007 collapse of the South Korean garment manufacturer Hwang Yang Group, which was accused of falsifying business accounts to evade tax.
Hwa was released in August.
“It’s sad, but this is a business case,” Hwi told the AP.
“I will make sure to take care of the company.”