TIFF ’16: Leehom Wang to “Open Fire” with world premiere

The Chinese-American superstar's concert documentary will make its debut on September 15 in Toronto.
September 1, 2016

Chinese-American pop sensation Leehom Wang will give TIFF audiences a behind-the-scenes look at how he brought his fiery brand of music to Beijing’s “bird nest.”

The concert documentary, Leehom Wang’s Open Fire Concert Film, will have its world premiere at the festival on Thursday, September 15. The screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A and performance by Wang.

The documentary film follows the singer, actor and film director as he performs two sold-out concerts at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium (home to the 2008 Olympics), the first ever solo pop concert at the venue, and gives audiences an up-close look at the life of the “King of Chinese Pop.”

“I hope TIFF audiences will find our story of Chinese pop music to be a meaningful cultural exchange,” said Wang in a statement.

It was a sentiment echoed by Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey, who added that “the film offers unprecedented insight into his work and highlights a rare bridge between North American and Chinese cultures.”

Leehom Wang’s Open Fire Concert Film is produced by Home Boy Music, Inc.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.