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If the name Yuen Woo-ping doesn’t ring any bells, how about “The Matrix” movies? Yuen Woo-ping is the martial arts choreographer for all three films, and is essentially the man who convinced you Keanu Reeves actually knew kung fu (well, sort of). Later, he made Uma Thurman into a convincing killer in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”. A long time vet of Hong Kong martial arts movie, Yuen Woo-ping is back with a new film that he’s also directing called “True Legend”. A quick teaser trailer and behind-the-scenes look at the movie, including some pics below.
Plot and trailer via Kung Fu Cinema:
Vincent Chiu portrays legendary martial arts folk hero Su Qi-er, better known as Beggar Su. In Yuen’s update to the legend, “Su is a wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty who loses his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced onto the streets, Su dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero known as the ‘King of Beggars.'”
The film stars Vincent Chiu, Michelle Yeoh, Cung Le, Jay Chou, Andy On, Conan Stevens, and the late David Carradine. Yuen Woo-ping directs.
The film currently has a late 2009 release date, though that could change. No word on a Stateside appearance as yet, and your best bet is probably on import DVD.