Ladies and gentlemen…Martial arts grandmaster and cinematic icon Wong Fei-Hung is returning to the screens in 2014.
Bill Kong, the producer of CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON; Liu Erdong, a known production manager; and filmmaker Ivy Ho (CROSSING HENNESSY) are joining forces to bring the legend of Wong Fei-Hung back with a new film entitled RISE OF THE LEGEND.
The film will focus on the origin of Master Wong and his emergence to become one of the most legendary figures in martial arts history in both real-life and cinema. The character has been played by the likes of the late Kwan Tak-Hing, Jackie Chan, Gordon Liu, Vincent Zhao,Willie Kwei, and Angie Tsang. Sammo Hung even played a version of the character in the 2004 Disney film adaptation of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. However, Western fans will best know of Jet Li’s portrayal of Wong in Tsui Hark’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA and three of its sequels.
The pivotal role of Wong Fei-Hung is currently kept a secret. However, officially signed on are Sammo Hung as Wong’s mentor (perhaps Luk Ah Choy), Jing Boran, and Zhang Jin. Roy Chow, director of the critically acclaimed Hong Kong thriller MURDERER, will be directing the film. Christine To (FEARLESS) has written the screenplay and Corey Yuen is serving as the film’s action choreographer. One can only hope the action will be akin to the original Wong Fei-Hung films starring Kwan Tak-Hing as a memory to Wong and his lineage, which includes the recently passed Lau Kar-Leung.
UPDATE: CRI English has revealed that Eddie Peng (TAI CHI HERO) has scored the role of Wong Fei-Hung. To prepare, Peng has been studying martial arts for ten hours a day. The six-foot tall Peng revealed he will try his hardest and it is okay if fans compare him to the other actors who played Wong.
RISE OF THE LEGEND is scheduled for a 2014 release in China and Hong Kong.
Photo: Kwan Tak-Hing (1905-1997) as Wong Fei-Hung