Just hours into international action star Donnie Yen‘s arrival for his appearance at this year’s New York Chinese Film Festival, a new image popped up online courtesy of Yen‘s Weibo account illustrating a name change in for the release of his latest action thriller with co-writer and director Teddy Chen. Previously announced as Last Of The Best, the new film will be simply titled as Kung Fu Killer, a title that sounds a bit more underwhelming than its predecessor, but still leaves a lot to the imagination about just how the film will be sold, which is already now a sharply divisive issue considering the new name.
Ask anyone and you will see what I mean.
Produced by Albert Lee, Last Of The Best Kung Fu Killer will see Yen as a former martial arts instructor imprisoned for the accidental death of another man whose services are once again required when a vicious killer begins targeting martial arts masters in the city. The film will also star fellow Iceman 3D co-star Wang Baoqiang, along with Charlie Yeung, Bai Bing and John Chiang. The film began shooting in May and wrapped later in the summer for a 2014 release date to be announced.
In the meantime, Yen will be in New York City to premiere his new film with director Clarence Fok, Special ID, for the final day of New York Chinese Film Festival on November 7, 2013 at the AMC Empire 25, located at 234, West 42nd street near Times Square. The film is currently awaiting a street date courtesy of U.S. distributor Well Go USA.
Promotion is also underway for the upcoming release of his new 3D adventure, The Monkey King, director Pou Soi-Cheang’s latest spin on the classic Journey To The West tale which is expected to hit Chinese and Hong Kong cinemas on January 31, 2014 prior to its U.S. release on February 14 according to the IMDb page. And lastly, for the first of a two-part movie, Yen and Baoqiang‘s Iceman 3D from director Law Wing-Cheong, is expected to release this April.
Stay tuned for more info.