Announced last year and arriving promptly to blow minds into the new year, director Ding Sheng is back with S.W.A.T., poised for a December 29 release in China. It’s a fitting succession for a director who has proven himself more than capable of directing intense sequences seen in Police Story: Lockdown and a remake of A Better Tomorrow – now focusing his attention on a tactical thriller narrative inspired by Beijing’s Blue Sword Unit.
It’s arguable that not a lot can really be generally said from an opinion point-of-view about director Ding Sheng’s take on the latest heroic bloodshed reimagining, A Better Tomorrow, unless anyone’s seen the film in full; I’m not really sure myself that it’s remake in the usual sense but the director hasn’t really disappointed me in the past.
Sheng is reunited with Railroad Tigers cohorts Darren Wang and Wang Kai with Ray Ma rounding out the trio of principles now front and center as the film readies releases in Singapore and South Korea as of the summer, as well as Taiwan, the Philippines, India and Vietnam as of this Summer. A January 18 release is expected.
Ding Sheng’s new period action adventure, Railroad Tigers, has already undergone its film critic analysis and so you’ll find plenty of reviews to source between now and the time you decide to see this one on the big screen. It opens on Friday courtesy of Well Go USA and so hours before then, Thursday saw the release of the new official trailer for the Jackie Chan headliner which sees our legendary star lead a ragtag team of rebels on a last ditch effort to cripple the Japanese during World War II.
Our own review is up and in citing it some, look out for the usual formulaic, big scale Chan-style action and adventure you can expect, though less of a martial arts variety. Also, keep an eye out for Chan’s own son, Jaycee, leading a solid physical and comedic performance alongside his father despite the press neglect a la Chinese censorship, as well as other noticeables like Huang Zitao as the musician of the group, Wang Kai as the deadly sharpshooter, and even Ikeuchi Hiroyuki whose villainy spawns some pretty brilliant, jocular flair.
Oh, and a cameo. For no reason. Literally.
Catch the trailer now and enjoy your weekend with Chan at the movies!
Action star Jackie Chan has a ton of films coming out soon; My sentiments on Kung Fu Yoga still stand while I look forward to several of his titles in the coming months, including Railroad Tigers from director Ding Sheng and which certainly speaks to Chan’s love for musical comedy, big stunts and silent film lore all from which he takes his cues as a filmmaker.
It’s the exhiliaration I feel just from watching certain moments now seen in the latest trailer for the film which details the story of a group of rebels banding together to disrupt the flow of operations of the Imperial Japanese army. Chan has gone big before and oftentimes gets exhausting in certain movies, but this one has a delightful flair that I like. It’s Chan doing his Chan thing as Chan usually does and who would protest that?
The film opens in China on December 23 with overseas releases pending. Check out the latest trailer below, packed with action and peril, and a classic theme fitting of such a big spectacle!
In this action-comedy caper harkening back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films, a railroad worker (Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits, in a series of a dazzling set pieces and action scenes rivaling anything seen on the big screen before.
The official U.S. artwork and trailer are now available online and you can now catch them below. Huang Zitao, Wang Kai, Darren Wang, Alan Ng and Sang Ping also star for the film’s January 6 release next year following its December run in China.
Filmmaker Ding Sheng had a great year last year with his most recent crime thriller, Saving Mr. Wu. Following its overseas release and achieving accolades such as Feature Film Of The Year and Best Actor, the film was granted a limited U.S. theatrical release from United Entertainment Partners back in October – the same people that brought you one of Xu Haofeng’s best minimal martial arts dramas, The Final Master just this month.
This summer, Saving Mr. Wu now has its Digital HD, and accompanying U.S. DVD and Blu-Ray releases stamped and they’re not too far off. And, who better than Well Go USA to accomdate? Their latest announcement is just below along with a small list of disc specs, and the home release artwork. I haven’t seen the film myself but I do enjoy Sheng’s work with actor Jackie Chan and I gather our director has harnessed a great formula for an amply riveting crime story ripped from the headlines.
PLANO, TEXAS. (June 20, 2016) – An action-packed crime thriller based on the true story of China’s famous celebrity kidnapping case, SAVING MR. WU debuts on digital July 5 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 2 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by Sheng Ding (Police Story: Lockdown) and starring Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau (Internal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers), the film follows the police as they race against time after criminals posing as cops kidnap a movie star (Lau) and threaten to kill him. Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, SAVING MR. WU also stars Liu Ye (The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel), Wu Ruofu (Da yue bing), and Wang Qianyuan (The Golden Era), with special appearances by Lam Suet (Kung Fu Hustle), Zhao Xiaorui (Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker) and Li Meng (The Guillotines). Bonus materials include deleted scenes and the 4-part behind-the-scenes documentary “Making Mr. Wu.”
Four devious criminals, one chilling scam: pose as cops, kidnap a victim, and if no ransom comes in 24 hours, the target dies. Tonight they caught a movie star (Andy Lau) and the countdown begins. Based on actual events.
Bonus Materials Include:
•4-Part “Making Mr. Wu” Featurette
~Director Ding Sheng
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Police Captain Zhong Wen (Jackie Chan) knows all about sacrifice. He’s always been too busy chasing bad guys to be a father to his daughter Miao (Jing Tian).
Tonight, he’s seeing her for the first time in years – and meeting her fiance, club owner Wu Jiang (Liu Ye). But Wu knows Zhong. And his plans for the evening include taking Miao, Zhong, and the entire club hostage.
Zhong knows about sacrifice. What will he give up to save his daughter?
It’s been a few years since director Ding Sheng and action star Jackie Chan landed in the cinemas with Police Story 2013. Plenty of people have seen it in its previous iteration and its definitely drawn my curiousity having not seen it until opening night, especially with so many mixed reactions by fans.
The film definitely sits apart from Chan‘s more popular Police Story franchise dating back to the 80’s and mid-90’s; Chan‘s New Police Story in 2005 tries to incorporate some of those darker, moodier elements while essentially keeping the film family friendly, but Sheng‘s contribution here truly pushes that film into less colorful, more edgier territory. The film is moody, darkly lit amid its neon backdrop and plays out like a mystery crime drama more than anything, while bringing some action sequences to help embody the story more as an action picture to the fanbase.
Much of the little action that takes place does hold its own with Chan still physically able to do what he does without going crazy. The fight sequences are hard-hitting and brutal, with our principal actor in a much more aged performance that what fans might be used to, and unfortunately a lot of those action sequences are sold short in many portions, while dazzled here and there with high-speed camera work for slow-mo close ups (my guess is it was for the 3D at the time).
Actor Liu Ye, who I absolutely enjoyed in Curse Of The Golden Flower in 2006, does a phenomenal job as the revenge-driven villain in this one, and although he doesn’t quite fit as a formidable screenfighter in this particular go-around, but he holds his own from time to time. The same goes for Jing Tian who plays Chan‘s distant daughter and several of the other supporting actors. At the end though, the film is more of an embodient of Chan‘s evolving post-Hollywood career with much of his filmwork more heavily-infused with drama than anything.
Some of the suspense toward the third act gets a little mediocre as the movie finally pieces its intentions together and only a few of the supporting characters tend to be annoying from time to time which does take a little away from the tonal engagement of the film. All in all, though, Sheng does a tremendous job in constructing a much more different kind of Chan film with some exciting moments of compelling internal family drama, poignant performances and heightened intensity layered with explosive action in a few parts where it’s needed.
More importantly though, it’s Chan‘s film. He puts his best acting foot (and singing voice) forward in this one, and it’s worthy enough to lend at least one theatrical viewing for the experience of watching Chan on screen. It’s not for everyone and does bring an acquired taste.
Speaking of, Police Story: Lockdown releases this weekend in limited theaters, so head over to Well Go USA for the correct listings!
Continuing to destroy any dialogue of retirement is action cinema legend, Jackie Chan. His plate is already full but with Chan, you can pretty much expect him to have extra plates handy, especially with his activity over at Cannes.
Word from THR writes that Chan will star in a fresh new $50 million dollar action comedy, Railroad Tigers, with the intent to reverb the greatness of previous classics like Project A and Drunken Master 2 while aiming for no less than the usual “bigger and better” approach to production value, action and stunts. The film will reteam him for a third outing with director Deng Sheng since their previous paring on Little Big Soldier in 2010, and Police Story 2013 a few years ago.
Here, Chan will star as a railroad worker in China who bands together with a group of freedom fighters to use their knowledge of the railway system to cripple the Japanese armed forces. The film is being represented by Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia as filming sets with a release for next October with Sparkle Roll Media Corp, Shanghai Film Group, Beijing Going Zoom Media and Shanghai New Culture Media Group backing the production.
Chan just recently earned box-office acclaim with the Chinese period epic, Dragon Blade, directed by Daniel Lee. The action legend is expected to commense filming KungFu Yoga in India this Autumn for director Stanley Tong while further news is pending on other titles, including Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace for Exclusive Media, and Peter Segal’s Civilian for IM Global.
Police Story 2013 will hit limited theaters in the U.S. on June 5 courtesy of Well Go USA.
A fifth and possible final trailer arrived for the upcoming release of action star Jackie Chan’s Police Story 2013. Directed by Ding Sheng, the film promises to bring a new, darker aesthetic to the classic, more colorful titular film series that earned Chan his fame as a leading figure in Hong Kong action cinema back in the 1980’s.