Once Upon a Time in China’s Wong Fei Hung is Back in Rise of the Legend

Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China

You can’t keep a kung fu master down. Wong Fei Hung, probably most famous to Western audiences as the hero of Jet Li and Tsui Hark’s “Once Upon a Time in China” series of movies, will be returning to the big screen about 16 years after Jet and Tsui hung it up. The duo’s last Wong Fei Hung movie was 1997’s “Once Upon a Time in China and America”, which found Wong in the American West battling cowboys.

Wong Fei Hung

The real Wong Fei Hung (Wikipedia)

Bill Kong, Liu Erdong and Ivy Ho are teaming up for the new version of the martial arts legend, with Chow Hin Yeung and Christine To directing and writing, respectively. The two previously teamed together on the crime dramas “Nightfall” and “Murderer”.

This version of Wong Fei Hung is said to chronicle “the origins of the kung fu master and his emergence as a figure of righteousness and justice during the last years of the corrupt Qing Dynasty.”

Sammo Hung is already onboard as Wong’s mentor, along with Jing Boran and Zhang Jin (who can recently be seen in Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster”). The main character has been cast, though apparently the producers are keeping that hush-hush for some reason, despite the fact that the movie is going into production tomorrow.

Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Jet Li came back? I mean, he’s way older now, but still, why all the secrecy around the main lead of your movie that’s about to go into production? This would seem to go against Movie Marketing 101 unless it’s a big or surprising name.

In any case, for the really big question: action direction Corey Yuen (aka the next best thing if Yuen Woo-ping is too busy) will be handling the film’s martial arts action.

Bonus footage: Check out Donnie Yen vs. Jet Li from “Once Upon a Time in China 2”.

Via : Screen Daily