A few trailers have made the rounds this year for the forthcoming release of Empire Symbol helmer, director Yu Junhao‘s new film, Fighting, also known as A Better Tomorrow (not to be confused with its prior uses by directors John Woo and Song Hae-Sung).
There isn’t much dialogue in either of the two videos, although they do appear to signify a period story that walks the line between reality and fantasy, between scene clips of war, two men fighting at center-ring, a woman levitating while glowing, and a butterfly landing on a piano before turning completely inanimate. Confusing? Yes. Weird? Maybe. But fortunately, we now have a synopsis that gives a bit more for Asian cinema followers to take in before the film’s release in China on March 21, 2014.
SYNOPSIS (Special thanks to Z-Team member Lohan Buson for the translation):
Abandoned when he was a child, young GAO Ruofei was a very gifted boy. Twelve years ago he was picked up from the street into a home by Mr GAO who had recently celebrated his sixtieth birthday. Mr GAO took good care of him, but Ruofei never called him “father”.
In a car accident, Ruofei lost his amazing running power.
Deep inside Ruofei always thought his teacher Chen looked like a “butterfly goddess”. She encouraged him to join the family sport events of the school, but RuoFei strongly refused. Later on, he stole his teacher’s butterfly brooch but Mr Gao found out what he did so Ruofei ran away from home with the butterfly brooch and went to the place where he had been abandoned as a child praying that he could one day find his true father.
Then a miracle happened: Ruofei found himself travelling into the past during a national game.
Ruofei was strangely obsessed by an athlete named “Lone Wolf”, who had a very special charisma.
Lone Wolf’s dream was to become a pilot. During the game, Lone Wolf met an American guy named Jason whose family was very wealthy. Jason was a vigorous man who was determined to win this martial arts tournament.
Lone Wolf and Jason became the main focus of the entire game and a lot of people were betting on the outcome of their upcoming fight.
Finally, it was time for the final battle, the duel started, two different temperaments and two different backgrounds but yet the fighters understood each other, equal in strength; each had its own qualities and merits, making the duel very suspenseful.
Lone Wolf and Jason were once enemies (rivals) and now appreciated each other.
Who would win the final battle and became the real hero?
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