The latest movie from Hong Kong director Peter Chan takes him into the world of martial arts action.
The film ‘Wu Xia’ revolves around a simple man who lives in rural China at the turn of the 20th century. But when Liu Jinxi takes on two robbers in the town’s general store, and wins spectacularly, his hidden past begins to reveal itself.
Chan is thought by many to be Hong Kong’s answer to Steven Spielberg. And Donnie Yen is not only Hong Kong’s top action star – he is also a director, choreographer and producer.
Yen said: “It’s probably the most complicated, most difficult role that I have taken or I think for any actor because the character itself is so complicated, with different layers of complexion and emotion changes.”
Chan added: “Without Donnie as an action director and as a partner directing this film, his action sequences I would have not even dared to challenge this genre of martial arts at all.”
Peter Chan is one of China’s most successful film directors. In 1998 he directed his first Hollywood movie, “The Love Letter” for Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks. Now ‘Wu Xia’, Chan’s first martial arts movie is on release in China, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.