Actress Rina Takeda (High Kick Girl, Karate Girl, Danger Dolls, Attack On Titan) is one in a quintet of screen talents being circled for new movie, Chungking Mansions. The action horror hails from Phoenix Waters Productions in co-production with AMM Global, will be directed by Bizhan M. Tong (The Escort, Lockdown) with cameras rolling next Spring.
According to Deadline‘s Andrea Wiseman:
The action-thriller will film primarily in English – the lead character is an American desperately striving to save his wife and child who are holed up in Chungking Mansions – but we’re told the film will feature a number of languages including Japanese, Cantonese, and Korean to reflect the multi-cultural nature of both the production and Chungking Mansions itself.
Takeda is also joined in talks alongside the following for associated respective roles:
[Korean actress and model] Go Joon-hee would play a high profile model attending the launch of a new fashion campaign when the outbreak occurs. Wiyona Yeung plays a wellness guru caught up in the chaos that ensues. Desmond Tan would play a hustler helping an American locate his family. Kevin Leslie will be a British backpacker seeking his girlfriend. Rebecca Lim is in talks to play a blademaster and right-hand woman of the man behind the outbreak. Rina Takeda would be cast as a Special Agent from Japan seeking those responsible.
You know it’s a good day to be alive when a cult action star favorite like Takeda is announced for a break through role. The best part though is that she hasn’t had a bunch of “yes men” pigeonhole her into solely being an action star, meaning she’s gotten to flex her skillset much more as an actress outside of her element as a martial artist, which something we all should celebrate (I’m speaking strictly to the hard-up fringe fandom who see these artists as nothing more than action figures…those fans annoy me more than most).
Anyhoo, more from the director:
Director-producer Bizhan M. Tong told us: “Chungking Mansions contributes to the evolving tapestry of zombie lore while paying tribute to the socially charged narratives of George A. Romero, bringing it closer in tone to Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Us.”
So, elevated horror genre elements topped with action and zombie spectacle, and a kickass cast to boot? Sign me up!