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Donnie Yen's no dummy. Now in the latter half of his forties and in higher demand than he has ever been in, Yen knows that he has only four or five peak years left in him and is packing as many projects into that time as he possibly can.
Just having wrapped up production is The Lost Bladesman, a historical epic from directors Felix Chong and Alan Mak in which Yen plays famous warrior Guan Yu. though Guan is a real figure all involved are making sure to point out that this is a fictitious story. The first images from the film have arrived online via Sina and while there's no Yen to be seen in these the images themselves are very impressive. Check them in the gallery below.
Following a steady flow of blockbuster hits with Ip Man as his biggest breakthrough thus far, Donnie Yen has quickly risen to become the hottest commodity in China's film industry while being hail as the current undisputed onscreen king of Kung Fu by audience and critics alike. Naturally, the highly demanded actor/action director has receive enough offers for multiple projects to keep him busy til 2012. Whats next on his plate is the title role of Guan Yun Chang (关云长), the legendary general from the Three Kingdoms era and he will also be responsible for the action direction. Sharing the directorial duties is Felix Chong and Alan Mak and the cast line-up include Jiang Wen (Warriors of Heaven and Earth) as rival warlord Cao Cao and Chin Siu-Ho (Fist of Legend). The production has just begun and the sneaky folks at Sina was there on-set to take some spy shots »
Hong Kong film studios Media Asia recently held a presentation ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to unveiled its films line-up for 2010, showcasing a diverse range of genres and boasting some of the biggest film talents in Asia.
The action bonanzas in Media Asia's line-up include Dante Lam's cop flick Fire of Conscience, starring Leon Lai and Richie Jen; Andrew Lau's martial arts epic Legend of the Fist: the Return of Chen Zhen, starring Donnie Yen and Shu Qi; Felix Chong's action comedy Once a Gangster, starring Ekin Cheng and Jordan Chan; and Su Chao-pin's sword fighting Reign of Assassins (produced by John Woo), starring Michelle Yeoh and Jung Woo-sung.
Noir thrillers include Law Wing-cheong's Punished (produced by Johnnie To), starring Anthony Wong and Richie Jen; Johnnie To's untitled project, starring Lau Ching-wan and Richie Jen; and Gao Qunshu's Manhunt (tentative title), which »
In this five minute video, Hong Kong’s mega studio Media Asia shows us some of their upcoming highlights for 2010. It includes subtitled footage from Fire of Conscience, Legend of the Fist (Donnie Yen), Once a Gangster (Felix Chong), Reign of Assassins (aka John Woo’s Rain of Swords in The Pugilistic World), Punished (Law Wing-Cheong & Johnnie To), Manhunt (Gao Qunshu), Love in a Puff (Pang Ho-Cheung), Frozen (Derek Kwok), Men & Women (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-Fai), After Shock (Feng Xiaogang), 9 Temples, My Best Bodyguard and another still nameless Johnnie To project.
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Teddy Chan’s Bodyguards and Assassins, the story of a gang of martial-art fighters trying to protect early 1900s Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sun during a visit to Hong Kong, garnered a whopping 19 nominations — a record — for the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards. Among those are best film, best director and best actor (Wang Xueqi). Featuring Donnie Yen Zi-dan, Leon Lai Ming, and Tony Leung Ka-fai, Bodyguards and Assassins has grossed approximately Us$50 million in several Asian territories since its Dec. 18 release. The other best film nominees are John Woo’s Red Cliff II, Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s cop thriller Overheard, the Jackie Chan vehicle Shinjuku Incident, and King-wai Cheung’s documentary Kj: Music and [...] »
- Irene Young
The first movie that has Guan Yu as its focus on is “Guan Yun Chang” of Alan Mak and Felix Chong. This movie is scheduled to start its production in March. The second film will be directed by Benny Chan and is entitled “Legend of The Military God”. It has been rumored that Louis Koo will play the title role of the movie. According to Koo, »
6 items from 2010
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