Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro to Face off in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia

Well, you can add another movie to my list of “must see even if it costs me an arm and a leg” for 2011. That little ditty is “Wu Xia”, an upcoming martial arts movie from “The Warlords” director Peter Chan, who is promising some mighty promising things with the $20 million dollar movie.

And oh yeah, one other thing that might interest you: “Wu Xia” will also pit Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro against each other for the first time, with “Lust, Caution’s” Tang Wei (left) caught in the middle. (We presume she’ll have a lot more clothes on here than the last time I saw her, in Ang Lee’s “Caution”. Unfortunately.)

Says Chan (who hasn’t directed a film since “Warlords”, though he’s produced “Bodyguards and Assassins”, which also starred Yen) about his ambitious plans for “Wu Xia”:

It’s been ten years since the only great martial arts film like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon came along, which is why I want to give this genre a reboot. I want to demonstrate the physicality and lethality of martial arts by injecting medical and scientific elements into action choreography, and I know I wouldn’t have done it without a partner like Donnie Yen, who I think is the best action director in the world today.

In “Wu Xia”, the current master of Hong Kong movie asskicking Donnie Yen will play “a killer who has repented of his deeds and is taking refuge in a remote village, while Kaneshiro plays a detective who is trying to track him down.”

Presumably, much wu xia mayhem ensues.