It’s been about thirty years or so since a screening of Chang Hsin-yan’s 1982 Jet Li starrer, Shaolin Temple, had a definitive impact on a young and inspired Wang Baoqiang (Kung Fu Killer, Detective Chinatown 3). The actor himself, bred into martial arts at the age of six before his own temple training a few years later, talks a bit of this in the first teaser now online for The Shaolin Temple: Legend Of Debao.
Directed by Stanley Tong (Jackie Chan’s First Strike, Vanguard), the film is reportedly set to launch IQIYI’s super movie channel as a Premium Video on Demand (PVoD) release beginning on February 12 – in time to kick off China’s Spring Festival, according to the Global Times. The move signals a business model proven to work since last year’s PVoD release of Kenji Tanigaki’s Donnie Yen action comedy, Enter The Fat Dragon, amid theater closures due to the pandemic.
The Shaolin Temple: Legend Of Debao rejoins Wang with actor Liu Haoran (Detective Chinatown trilogy), and also stars Ni Dahong (The Trough) and Ng Man Tat (Oolong Courtyard). Peep the poster below as well!