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.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.