It’s not everyday someone can get more than a handful of major Asian film stars and celebrated athletes in the same room to make movie history. Alibaba executive chairman and founder Jack Ma just happens to be the man who can do just that and the power he wields has since been on full display with the latest banner reveal for upcoming ten minute shortfilm, Gong Shou Dao.
Action legend Jet Li forwarded the artwork via his official website and social media branches, featuring himself with Ma and a who’s who of film and sports headliners ahead of its promotion on November 11 during Alibaba’s Global Shopping Festival. The title itself (clearly advanced from its previous Master
theme) takes its influences from Taiji, Kung Fu, and Martial Arts – the former notably being a paramount focus of Li’s own shared health and lifestyle platform with Ma at TaijiZen.com
“We all have the same dream with the aim to promote China’s excellent traditional culture and a tribute to the predecessors in the field of Taiji, Kung Fu and Martial Arts. The timing seems to be perfect and everyone involved in this project were so enthusiastic in making it happen.”
Apparently Ma himself has also shared a longstanding interest in sharing some screentime with some of Asia’s biggest stars and from what I hear, he’ll be getting in some fisticuffs with the cast as well. Gong Shou Dao was filmed Hangzhou a few months ago and a cast host to Li and frontman Ma along with CTHD: Sword Of Destiny co-star Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Olympic boxing champion Zhou Shiming, Sumo champion Akinori Asashoryu, celebrated action cinema household names Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen, Wu Jing, Yuen Woo-Ping, upcoming Triple Threat star Tony Jaa, fellow action legend Tony Ching Siu-Tung, and League Of Gods and Fearless co-star Jacky Heung.
Check out the banner and expect an online release via Youku in due time.
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