Magazine article Screen International

Edko, Irresistible to Revive Kung Fu 'Legend'

Magazine article Screen International

Edko, Irresistible to Revive Kung Fu 'Legend'

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Crouching Tiger producer Bill Kong to make first film about legendary kung fu master Wong Fei-hung in almost 20 years.

Producers Bill Kong, Liu Erdong and Ivy Ho are reteaming to give kung fu master Wong Fei-hung a new spin in Rise of the Legend.

The epic will be a co-prodution between Edko Films, Irresistible Delta and BDI Films Inc. It reunites the producers with director Chow Hin Yeung and screenwriter Christine To.

The actor playing the title role is being kept under wraps but the film starts principal shooting tomorrow [Aug 20] in China.

Rise of the Legend chronicles the origins of the kung fu master and his emergence as a figure of righteousness and justice during the last years of the corrupt Qing Dynasty.

Joining the cast are martial arts star Sammo Hung as Wong's mentor, teen idol Jing Boran and martial arts champion-turned-actor Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster).

The production team includes action director Corey Yuen, director of photography Ng Man Ching and production designer Pater Wong.

Kong, who produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and Fearless, said: "For Chinese-language movies, only kung fu works internationally. …

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