Expect to hear more from Roy Chow in the coming months with The Legend Of Condor Heroes and upcoming Dynasty Warriors still in tow. Having riveted audiences with Nightfall and brought what I among others still feel was a reverent Wong Fei-Hung reboot with Rise Of The Legend, he’s got actor Han Geng ringside for the new boxing drama, Knockout.
Paired once more with screenwriter Christine To, director Roy Chow’s long-awaited crime thriller adaptation, The Great Detective, was last filmed in 2016 prior to a campaign that should have seen a release this past July – it’s sort of a pattern noticeable among a lot of Chinese productions that will hopefully see the light of day come next year.
Moviegoers outside China can expect a rollout at some point following Hong Kong-based Bravos Pictures’ own worldwide rights acquisition, sans China, earlier this month. Check out the teaser below!
Two thousand years ago in China, there was a mysterious power called “Musou”. Any warrior with this power could defeat a million of enemy soldiers on his own, those who could control “Musou” were named as The Heroes of “Mosou”. Towards the end of Eastern Han Dynasty, The Yellow Turban Rebellion broke out as the government gradually became extremely corrupted at all levels. Liu Bei (a civilian) led Guan Yu (a horsekeeper) and Zhang Fei (a butcher) to defeat the Yellow Turban Rebellion, but they got set up by corrupted officials, and hunted by the Imperial army.
Remember the news of that Dynasty Warriors adaptation announced last Spring? Well, that film is now underway as of July with Roy Chow sitting in the director’s chair and a cast that insofar has Louis Koo, Wang Kai, Ray Lui, Han Geng, Tony Yang, actresses Gul Nazar and Carina Lau, and actor Eddie Cheung (pictured).
Plot details remain pending for the film which reunites Chow with Rise Of The Legend scribe Christine To. The movie is inspired by Omega Force’s KOEI Temco game franchise, “Dynasty Warriors/Shin Sangokumusou”, which has spawned well over 60 games – all preset by its origins rooted in PC game lore of the 1980’s with the seperate turn-based war strategy game series, “Romance Of The Three Kingdoms” – adapted from Luo Guanzhong’s 14th century novel set near the turbulent end of the Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms period.
The Dynasty Warriors franchise launched its first title as a fighting game installment for Playstation in 1997, while the rest of the games, including spin-offs like Samurai Warriors, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, Hyrule Warriors and one of the more recent titles, manga-based titles, Arslan: The Warriors of Legend.
Photos are currently floating around online and you can spot plenty of them on Twitter courtesy of Asian Film Strike. A 2018 release may be on deck for the new adaptation.