Celebrated actor and filmmaker Jiang Wen’s most recent endeavor, Hidden Man, already had its run at the Chinese box office and now awaits its fair stake at the Toronto International Film Festival as of this Thursday. The film is set to screen this Friday and for the last three days of the festival at the Scotiabank theater and stands as one of several titles I hope to learn more about with fellow contributor Alex Chung on hand to screen at least a few if not a nifty handful.
With most of the specific plot details off the radar for Jiang Wen’s martial arts-infused spy pic, Hidden Man, its interesting trying to look up certain bits of China’s 20th century history. What we do know, however, is that it’s got a revenge twist that culminates a trilogy following Wen’s previous Gone With The Bullets and its 2010 predecessor Let The Bullets Fly.
Alas, we now tackle the third entry as it’s loosely based on a novel written by Zhang Beihai. Wen himself is front and center for the cast with actors Eddie Peng, Liao Fan, and actress Zhou Yun and Summer Xu. A July 13 release hails from Gravity Pictures while later market news should see what becomes of its rollout following Warner Bros.’s co-production attachment to the film earlier this week.
A new teaser is out as well and while it looks a bit more narrative rustic than the others, it bodes just as well for Wen’s filmmaking energy and style with a handful of rounds to spare. Check it out below!
Sooner than the next Star Wars movie, news of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-star Jiang Wen’s latest return to the helm now sees Hidden Man emerging for a 2018 release. Adapted from Zhang Beihai’s own 1930s-set Wuxia novel and said to be the last installment of Jiang’s Bullets trilogy, the finale tells of a swords who returns home as a spy to avenge the death of his family.
The teaser now running online is certainly brisk and slickly delivered for its desired affect and bet that action fans will gravitate around this one as soon as it releases in full with Eddie Peng and Liao Fan, and actresses Summer Xu and Zhou Yun also starring. The film itself has been a long time coming and available headlines indicates a casting change which should make this a bit more intriguing. Take a look!