Jet Li – who recently appeared in Tsui Hark’s 3D feast Flying Swords of Dragon Gate – will next star in a new action comedy directed by Wang Zi Ming, written by Charcoal Tan (Once Upon a Time in China 2 and 3), and produced by Chui Bo-Chu (Kung Fu Hustle, Fearless).
Apart from Li, the film co-stars Wen Zhang, Liu Shi Shi, Lin Shuang, Liu Yan, Chen Yan Xi, Tian Liang as well as action favorites Collin Chou (The Matrix sequels, Flash Point, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Wu Jing (SPL). Corey Yuen will handle action choreography duties and the film – which started shooting this month – is expected to be out this December.
Donnie Yen took a flight to New York very recently because he was invited to attend the yearly New York Asian Film Festival as a special guest for special showings of the 1993 kung fu action classic Iron Monkey as well as his recent hits SPL (aka Kill Zone), The Lost Bladesman and Wu Xia (aka Dragon). Since last Sunday Donnie has been present at the festival talking about his life, career, The Lost Bladesman and SPL, as well as answering questions from fans. He’s currently continuing to be present over there for interviews and Q&As with special showings of Iron Monkey and Wu Xia.
Check out footage of his interviews and Q&As for The Lost Bladesman and SPL below.
Vincent Zhao – who is currently busy promoting his new martial arts actioner Wu Dang co-starring Yang Mi, Fan-Siu-Wong (Ip Man), Dennis To (Ip Man 2, Legend Is Born – Ip Man) and Xu Jiao (CJ7) – was recently present at a press conference for the film and went as far as saying that he hasn’t given up on collaborating with Donnie Yen but will let fate decide if that opportunity rises again.
Quite strange don’t y’all think? Especially coming from someone who took it out to the media to take jabs at someone else with unproven facts and people riding along, and reclaiming his professionalism. Oh well, let’s see how fate does this one…
Featured is the music that could be heard on the exclusive footage shown at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Speaking of music, the soundtrack drops on July 17.
Mtime has released new BTS stills of the film. There’s no release date yet but it’s estimated to be out during late fall or early winter this year.
Things looks to have been neutralized as both Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao are very busy doing promotion and shooting their respective projects – Donnie currently shooting a romance film titled Together starring Bosco Lam and Michelle Chan and Vincent promoting the upcoming kung fu drama Wu Dang. Last that happened was that Mainland director Tan Bing came out on April 6 and spoke out about Donnie’s unfaithful work ethics and arrogant behavior which further caused heat between the Yen and Zhao camps. Neither Donnie nor the production team have responded to Bing’s actions.
Despite this, there have been lots of news reports and press conferences concerning the scandal that I’ve missed out due to limited resources (such as lack of people transcribing and translating information in Chinese, and getting translations that are too sloppy to understand). One of these news reports is one covering events during the filming process through the eyes and experiences of Mainland actor Hung Bao – who was in the original cast of Special Identity playing Vincent Zhao’s main henchman (check out my earlier post here: http://ericjacobus.com/2012/04/19/special-identity-more-trouble-stills-of-vincent-zhaos-intended-role/).
However, it’s not the case of another actor pointing all fingers on Donnie to blame for the problems that arose during shooting. Hung Bao clarifies rumors on Vincent acting arrogant and being accompanied by an entourage, how things were when Vincent was around the set and how it was working with him, working relations with him and Donnie, dispute between two drivers on the set (which led to the murder of one of them), and reveals that there was someone that was a big influence on and eventually was the reason for the script changes (although it was not mentioned) and that this fact came from a person (a friend of Hung Bao and also someone not mentioned) who was involved in the film crew.
Not too long ago, a trailer for the upcoming car chasing film Motorway was released. It created quite a buzz in the action film community for its’ incredible car chases and vehicle stunts. Now, another new trailer have been released showing new intense footage of what we can expect!
Motorway is produced by Johnnie To; directed by Soi Cheang and stars Shawn Yue; Anthony Wong; Guo Xiao-Dong; Michelle Ye; Gordon Lam; and Barbie Hsu. The story will center around a rookie cop (Shawn Yue) who gets mentored by a car chasing coach (Anthony Wong) to stop crime activities on the roads of Hong Kong without attracting attention. But soon, the rookie cop takes up his biggest challenge when a veteran criminal (Guo Xiao-Dong) shows up making on the roads causing trouble and escaping from the cops.
While the trailers are creating buzz at the moment, comparisons to other car chasing film have been made in terms of film atmosphere and look – especially Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive. But something to have in mind is that, despite the comparisons, the two films have nothing in common as Drive is based on a book whereas Motorway has a completely different script. Plus the concept for Motorway was conceived several months before going into production at the end of 2009 – and have taken three years to complete altogether (due to production halts and Cheang committing his time directing Donnie Yen in the forthcoming The Monkey King) – while Drive started production almost a year after and was wrapped shooting earlier. Anyways, check the trailer out.
The first official teaser trailer to the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall – the follow-up to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace – has been released. With Daniel Graig working with a new cast and crew, one might raise a few eyebrows on whether it will deliver and surpass the previous outings. However, the given footage might be a testament to that.
What seems to be words from news reports actually turns out to be a total misunderstanding. This is what Jackie had to say on his Facebook page when he heard about the news:
Hello all my friends and fans,
Yesterday in my press conference in Cannes for Chinese 12 Zodiac I said that this movie was my last big action movie.
Today I was shocked when I woke up to read all the news coverage that I was retiring from doing Action movies.
I just want to let everyone know that I am not retiring from doing action movies. What I meant to say is that I need to do less of the life risking stunts on my movies. After all these years of doing so many stunts and breaking so many bones, I need to take better care of my body so I can keep working.
I will continue to do international action movies.
And I will keep improving my English 🙂
I love all of you!