Applicants must submit two 1-minute videos in English and Cantonese by 22 December 2017.

An open casting has been announced for Wong Kar Wai’s new Amazon TV series.

Wong’s new series is titled Tong Wars and follows the journey of Vicky Sun – a slave a girl in turn-of-the-century China who becomes the richest woman in 1970s San Francisco.

The series has been described as a gangster saga that “resonates within the complex narratives of the Chinese-American experience”.

PauPing AuYeung Casting is currently searching for actors to play four recurring roles in the series. Applicants must submit two 1-minute videos describing the last movie or TV show they saw in both English and Cantonese. The clips along with a headshot must be sent to by 22 December 2017.

The agency is looking for a Chinese female in her 50s-70s to play the lead character Vicky Sun, who is 70. A male in their early 20s is required to play Tom Sun, a charismatic but ruthless man who escapes from south China to the US. Sun becomes a wanted revolutionary and becomes a killer-f-or-hire.

A Chinese female in her mid 30s is wanted to play Lo Mo, the manager of a high-end brothel in Chinatown who ends up in a relationship with Sun.

The final character is Johnny Young who will be played by a Chinese male aged 14. The poor, uneducated orphan is raised on the streets by members of the Wah Ching gang. Exposed to violence and gang warfare, Young earns the sympathy of Vicky.

Wong Kar-wai a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker best known for films including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997), 2046 (2004) and My Blueberry Nights (2007), Yi dai zong shi (2013).