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March 25, 2012

China’s Prodigal Daughter

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 1:26 pm

Harbin songstress Qu Wanting defies her mom, inspires screenwriter. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijinger, Mar. 17 2012

Café background music is supposed to help us unwind, not write blockbuster movie scripts. But when Beijing bistro Navena Cafe blared a throbbing ballad called “Drenched” one afternoon last year, Hong Kong rom-com auteur Pang Ho-Cheung started writing a new screenplay then and there as his coffee order percolated. Eventually, he found the song’s source: a Myspace page belonging to Vancouver-based, Harbin-born songstress Qu Wanting.

“Fans from all over China somehow ripped the song from Myspace. That must be how the coffee shop got it,” says Wanting of the tune that inspired Pang and was eventually featured in the film itself, a recent hit Mandarin date flick dubbed Love in the Buff. “At first I didn’t think it was right – it was only a demo for fans, for feedback. But having it in the movie was a huge opportunity.”

From pirated demos to tiger-mom meddling, Wanting tells us more about the happy surprises of her songwriting career.






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