Wuxia is set during the transition period of Qing Dynasty to ChungHwa Republic in 1917. At a hospitable Liu Village on the border of southwestern China’s Yunnan province, a humble paper-maker Liu JinXi (Donnie Yen) lives an idyllic life with his loyal wife Ayu (Tang Wei) and their two young sons XiaoTian (Li JiaMin) and FangZheng (Zheng Wei). Liu JinXi is a simple man from a secluded village and he has settled at Liu Village for the last five years after he married then single mother Ayu. But Liu JinXi’s tranquility begins to unravel when a pair of fugitives enters the village and attempts to rob the local convenience store. Continue reading “Wuxia”
The Lu Chuan directed version of the “Feast at Hong Gate” finished filming last November 5th, 2011. Now, The Last Supper (王的盛宴) is post production stage and no confirm schedule of release other than sometimes this year. The Last Supper is a story about two warring generals fighting for control of China at the end of the Qin Dynasty. It also centers on the legendary “Feast at Hong Gate” (206 BCE) where Xiang Yu invited his long time mentor Liu Bang to a banquet with the intention of assassinating him. “Feast at Hong Gate” has become a Chinese expression for an invitation to a meal that has sinister implications. The film stars Liu Ye as Liu Bang and Daniel Wu as Xiang Yu. Chang Chen plays the role of another historical figure, Han Xin. Actresses in the film include Qin Lan and Mini Yang with popular comedienne Yan Ni who also joined the cast.
Director Ronny Yu’s mega-budget period drama war movie Saving General Yang is scheduled for October 2012 release. It’s one of most anticipated wuxia genre films slated for 2012. Production began in August 19th of last year in Kaifeng, Henan Province, China. This ¥ 170 million movie is a collaboration of Film and Television Production Group Co., Ltd., Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, and Pegasus Film Production Co Ltd (Hong Kong). Based on a hugely successful series of books and plays, the film has twice been adapted for television in Hong Kong and so anticipation for a big screen version is expected to be high. Continue reading “Ronny Yu’s Saving General Yang”
Upcoming Eric Tsang’s Glory Days wrapped filming in Yunnan, China. The film brings together many of the veteran Hong Kong movie stars with cast of Felix Wong, Ray Lui, Guo Tao, Gigi Leung, Ni HongJie, Max Mok and Ti Lung. The late of the Qing Dynasty turmoil is the background of Glory Days’ storyline. It’s about a group of heroes hoping to regain the ‘glory days’ of their golden age. No release date has been announced.
Tracing Shadow began at the end of the Ming Dynasty (大明), the Empire was in turmoil and chaos reigned. Meanwhile at the northern frontier, the Manchurian were poised to advance upon the Imperial City. Within this barren frontier, YeHe ChangGong (Francis Ng) who was a Mongolian swordsman dueled with NaLan, a Manchurian warrior, for the title of Supreme Martial Art Master. However, YeHe ChangGong purposely lost the fight to avoid the tumult of war and relinquished his title. Continue reading “Tracing Shadow”
Long Nian Da Ji (龙年大吉) means Lucky Year of the Dragon. We wish you a very happy new year and may the celestial Water Dragon bring good luck, forgiveness, peace, happiness and abundant blessings to you all.
Painted Skin 2 is a highly anticipated movie for 2012. It’s been months since it completed its production stages, but so far the producers are only releasing promo poster and concept trailer. The 120-second concept trailer was made under the direction of Japanese fantasy master Yoshitaka Amano and other China’s fantasy designers. Continue reading “Painted Skin 2 Concept Trailer”
Ikonic Entertainment Group of Los Angeles is teaming up with a Chinese investment group to build a $3.1-billion martial arts-themed park and leisure resort at ethereally beautiful Wudang Mountain. The project would be built south of the manufacturing city of Shiyan which is known as the birthplace of the Chinese martial arts form known as kung fu. Continue reading “China’s Martial Art Theme Park”
Game of Assassins is one of a handful period drama/wuxia genre movies that are scheduled for 2012 release. However, this China’s production has limited media publicity. Other than promotional posters, there is no teaser trailer or set release date. Game of Assassin is directed by Miao Shu and with it stars Leung Kar-Yan as King of Wei in addition with veteran Chen Kuan Tai as General Tu Jia. Other supporting casts are Jiang Chao as King of Chu, Wu Ma, Francis Ng, Dong ZhiHua, Xie YuanJiang, Zhou YiChen, and Frankie Chan. Continue reading “Game of Assassins”
Huayi Brothers’ latest project, “Tai Chi” trilogy has been on production for sometimes since the middle of last year. Its initial promotional poster attracted a lot of overseas producers after it was unveiled during the 64th Cannes Film Festival. According to Huayi Brothers, the tentative titles for the trilogy are “Tai Chi 0”, “Tai Chi Hero”, and “Tai Chi Summit”. Continue reading “Huayi Brothers Tai Chi 0”