Director Wong Ching-Po‘s latest return to Shaw territory in the form of the ten-million dollar-budgeted Once Upon A Time In Shanghai has been a long-awaited theatrical spectacle since the film’s announcement in 2011. The unveiling of the concept trailer a year later with lead actor Philip Ng ultimately gave the film tons of press and expectations from fans eager to see Ng in a larger-scale role after films such as Star Runner, Dragon Squad, New Police Story, Invisible Target and Undercover Hidden Dragon to name a few.
This year, with a big lead role to his name in addition to a documentary, Ng is set to kick off 2014 with explosive martial arts action from master choreographer Yuen Wo-Ping, and a powerhouse cast that also includes legendary actor Sammo Hung, actress Jiang Luxia, and Special ID co-star Andy On who teased the latest poster art for the film on Saturday.
What you see below is the full sales poster art, in addition to a brand new synopsis.
In the 1900’s, MA YONG ZHEN joined many hopeful laborers to seek work in Shanghai. Remaining honest and refusing to join a gang, he became friends with gangster LONG QI. Japanese spy HASHIMOTO, furious that Long turned down his proposal, tries to kill both of them. Ma luckily survives, and is now determined to help his people by decimating the bad elements in Shanghai.
Mega Vision Pictures Ltd. has slated Once Upon A Time In Shanghai for a January 8, 2014 domestic release. Stay tuned for trailer news!