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“Revenge: A Love Story” director Wong Ching-po’s period set movie “Once Upon a Time in China” was previously announced as starring Chow-Yun Fat, though the impression I got at the time was that it would be a historical drama. Or, historical-ish, anyway, with the infamous Wong Jing producing. Turns out, it might still be a drama, but one that’s heavily flavored with ass-kicking kung fu.
The film has now produced a teaser trailer starring Philip Ng pulling his best Donnie Yen impression, and doing a pretty damn fine job of it, too. It also looks as if Ng will be the star, which makes me wonder if Chow Yun Fat is even still in the cast, though I haven’t really heard anything about him leaving. The film is still scheduled to co-star Sammo Hung, though. It could be that Fat shows up briefly, or in a cameo.
Then there’s this new plot for “Shanghai”, which seems to divert greatly from the original plot of the film I reported on back in March. This time around, the synopsis focuses on Ng, playing “a labourer, who moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive.”
“Once Upon a Time in Shanghai” also boasts action choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, which never hurts a movie that involves people kicking loads of ass.
No word on a release date yet, though 2013 seems like a good bet.
Via : Wild Grounds