Confucius Says, Watch this Trailer for Confucius with Chow Yun Fat

I heard that Chow Yun Fat was going to be playing the Chinese philosopher Confucius a while ago, but it seemed, well, strange. Chow Yun Fat? Mister Two-Gun Badass himself? Anyways, here’s the first teaser trailer (all music and visual flair, minus any Chinese dialogue, so don’t worry about subtitles, kids) for director Mei Hu’s lavish period epic, simply titled “Confucius”. The film stars Fat as the philosopher, and co-stars the gorgeous Xun Zhou from last year’s “Painted Skin”.

The life and times of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Starring Yun-Fat Chow, Xun Zhou, Yi Lu, Lu Yao, Jianbin Chen, Quan Ren, Huang Jiao, Kaili Zhang, Ban Wang, and directed by Mei Hu.

The film will be screened later this year to mark the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and Confucius’ 2,560th birthday, says Variety. The last time China paid any attention to what Confucius said, Chairman Mao Zedong had condemned him, resulting in the Red Guards destroying Confucius’ family home, family cemetery and a temple in his honor in his hometown of Qufu, along with some 6,600 priceless relics. Way to go, China!

Via MTime. Thanks to “Dex” for the heads up.