GONG SHU DAO: Asian Film Giants Line-Up For A Celebration Of Kung Fu And Culture In The Latest Banner
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.
The past few weeks have been stirring the fan fervor a bit between Wu Jing’s current Hong Kong run with hit sequel, Wolf Warrior 2, as well as Donnie Yen in lieu of his upcoming crime drama, Chasing The Dragon. Both names circulated the rumormill in hyperbolic fanboy fashion next to that of action star Jet Li (League Of Gods) who himself scaled back substantially on physically demanding roles in recent years due to his own health.
Whatever the case may be now, of course there’s a photo flying around on social media with no context to it whatsoever, and doing nothing to ease the curiousity with specifics. For this, we now have some much-needed clarity with news of the new shortfilm, Master, now in production with Yen, Wu and Li involved. Unknown are the respective degrees of involvement while it is also reported that Jack Ma invited the trio to work together on this project.
Regarding the above photo, it was taken with congratulations to Yen in the wake of his recent fourteen-year wedding anniversary with wife and business partner Cissy Wang. Additionally, Yen himself posted the pic on his Weibo in response to other perpetuated rumors pertaining to some sort of rivalry between Yen and his S.P.L. co-star.
Jack Ma is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group whose film shingle recently partnered with Beijing Culture in the weeks that followed the $870+ million dollar success of Wu’s aforementioned starring/directing sequel which also stars Celina Jade and Frank Grillo. A third Wolf Warrior installment is also in the works.
Whether or not Master leads to an actual partnership on a feature film before long remains to be seen. At any rate, you needn’t look far within the niche to see fans already on edge. Eyes and ears, kids.
Yi Liu Christina contributed to this article via MTime.