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EMP to get Best of Yen

EMP to get Best of Yen

By Patrick Frater

Thu, 16 May 2013, 00:30 AM (HKT)

Production News

Martial arts ace Donnie YEN 甄子丹 will face off against mainland China's Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012) star WANG Baoqiang 王寶強 in contemporary action thriller Kung Fu Jungle 一個人的武林.

The film, which also stars Charlie YOUNG 楊采妮 and Michelle BAI 白冰, is to be directed by Teddy CHEN 陳德森 on a budget of US$25 million. It is the director's first film since Bodyguards and Assassins 十月圍城 (2009), which also starred Yen.

The screenplay is by Chen, Andy LAU Ho-leung 劉浩良 and MAK Tin-shu 麥天樞. Production gets underway later this month with delivery set for Summer 2014. The film is set in both Hong Kong and Foshan, China.

It stars Yen as Xia, a former police academy martial arts instructor who is imprisoned after he accidentally kills a man. When a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters in Hong Kong, Xia offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

"Last of the Best is able to put the traditional martial arts philosophy into a contemporary setting which, to many, is what Donnie represents," said Albert LEE 利雅博, CEO of Emperor Motion Pictures 英皇電影 in a statement.

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