Can’t get enough epic martial arts movies? Well neither can the Chinese, with China continuing to roll out the big-budget kung fu movies at a fast clip. The latest is “Shaolin Temple”, which boasts a $29 million budget and stars Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse. Also joining them will be Fan Bingbing, rising asskicker Wu Jing, Yu Shaoqun, and a couple of thousand actual Shaolin monks. No, really. Actual, honest to goodness Shaolin monks will be co-starring in the movie. Who says you gotta go to Hollywood to be in the movies?
“Shaolin Temple” will be directed by Benny Chan, who has directed a number of high-profile movies starring Jackie Chan (no relation), including “New Police Story” and “Rob-B-Hood”. Variety says the movie is apparently a remake of a 1980s kung fu movie of the same name, but since “Shaolin” shows up in about a trillion Chinese martial arts titles in the ’80s, it’s anybody’s guess which movie they’re referring to. Although it could be the 1982 “Shaolin Temple”, which starred a young Jet Li, and involved murder, intrigue, and Imperial hijinks.
Action choreography on the movie will be done by Cory Yuen, who has done action work on “The Transporter” and John Woo’s “Red Cliff”, and is actually a pretty decent director in his own right. If you’ve never seen his 2002 action movie “So Close”, I would highly recommend it.
The new “Shaolin Temple” is expected to start shooting at the end of 2009 for a late 2010 release.