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But the prolific director/producer/writer/purveyor of lowbrow comedies, quickie hit-movie facsimiles, and other films of questionable quality, will be directing an epic gangster movie called “Once Upon A Time In Shanghai” with none other than Chow Yun-Fat in the lead.
Chow would star as Du Yuesheng, a gangster said to have “close ties” to Nationalist Party head honcho Chiang Kai-shek and his KMT government during the roaring 1920s and ‘30s Shanghai, before that whole World War II phase made a mess out of everything.
“Infernal Affairs” director Andrew Lau will produce the film, which will also co-star Sammo Hung.
Chow has been spending a lot of time in China’s past lately. His last few films include the period gangster movie “Let the Bullets Fly”, set in the 1920s; “Shanghai”, set in the 1940s; “The Children of Huang Shi”, set in the 1930s; and ancient epic actioners “The Monkey King” and “Confucius”.
The last time Chow played a gangster in 1920s China was in Wen Jiang’s aforementioned “Let the Bullets” Fly, and scenes like this were the rule of thumb:
Via : Screen Daily