Thursday, October 22, 2009

More English news about Shaolin

Chan to star in film at Temple

(UKPA) – 4 hours ago

Jackie Chan is set to star in a new film set in the famed Shaolin Temple.

The king of martial arts movies will work alongside veteran Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, actor-singer Nicholas Tse and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing in the 29 million US dollar (£17.44 million) epic set in the ancient site famous for its fighting monks.

News of the production was made by four Chinese film studios - state-run China Film Group Corp, Emperor Motion Pictures, Huayi Brothers Media Corp and Beijing Silver Moon Productions Ltd.

Located in the Songshan Mountains in China's central Henan province, the Shaolin Temple was founded in 496 and evolved into a top centre for martial arts learning.

Its monks are a fixture in popular culture, portrayed on film by everyone from Bruce Lee to the late David Carradine in the 1970s series Kung Fu.

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Jackie Chan to show Shaolin kung-fu 2009-10-22 16:10:00 Print

BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Jackie Chan has found an ideal place to demonstrate his kung-fu skills - the Shaolin Temple.

The temple, a martial-arts hotbed in central China's Henan Province, held a ceremony on Thursday to welcome Chan, as well as other film stars including Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse and Fan Bingbing. The stars were there to kick off the filming of "New Shaolin Temple".

The film is the first to be allowed on location since the 1982 smash-hit movie "The Shaolin Temple", which turned Jet Li into a star. Besides the star-studded cast, the new film will feature Shaolin monks demonstrating martial arts that have rarely been seen elsewhere.

"New Shaolin Temple" revolves around a Shaolin monk, played by Nicholas Tse, who grows to be a hero during war time. Jackie Chan plays the monk's kung-fu master.

The film will be directed by Benny Chan with a release scheduled for late 2010.

The thousand-year-old Shaolin Temple is widely regarded as the birthplace of Shaolin martial arts, which have inspired a bevy of film and TV productions, including the award-winning 1970s American TV series "Kung Fu", starring David Carradine as a Shaolin monk.

(Source: CRIENGLISH. com)


Jackie Chan, Andy Lau will star in ''Shaolin."

BEIJING -- Jackie Chan and Andy Lau will star in "Shaolin," a 200 million yuan ($29.3 million) remake of the classic kung-fu film "Shaolin Temple," Emperor Motion Pictures, China Film Group and Huayi Bros. announced Thursday at the fabled shrine.

Directed by Benny Chan ("New Police Story"), the film also stars Hong Kong actor and pop star Nicholas Tse and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Corey Yuen ("Red Cliff," "The Transporter") will direct the action and choreograph the action for the film's stars and thousands of Shaolin acolyte extras.

“We felt that it was important not to rush into a film project just for the sake of making another film. It has taken us a long time to find the right partners who had all the right elements for something as monumental as this,” said Abbot Shi Yongxin, the chief monk and administrator for Shaolin Temple, in a statement.

Shooting on location at Shaolin Temple, in China's central Henan province, is expected to start end of 2009, with a slated release for late 2010.


Chan teams with monks on $30m action epic Shaolin

22 October, 2009 | By Screen staff

Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse will head the cast of $29.28m (RMB200m) action epic Shaolin, which marks the first time in 27 years that a film has been authorised to shoot in China’s legendary Shaolin temple.

Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP), China Film Group and two other Beijing-based companies – Huayi Brothers and Silver Moon Productions – are working with the Shaolin Temple Culture Communication Centre on the project. The last feature film to shoot at the temple was Shaolin Temple starring Jet Li in 1982.

Benny Chan (Connected, New Police Story) will direct the film which is scheduled to start shooting at the end of 2009 for release in late 2010.

Wu Jing, Yu Shaoqun and Fan Bingbing will also feature in the star-studded cast, along with thousands of Shaolin disciples.

Unlike the 1982 film which is set in Tang Dynasty, Shaolin is set in the early 20th century when China was at war. Nicholas Tse will play a wealthy young man who finds refuge in the temple after a tragic incident in his family. He meets his kung fu master, played by Jackie Chan, in the temple as well as future enemies.

Cory Yuen will serve as action director, with Fletcher Poon Yiu-Ming handling cinematography Chung-man Hai working as production designer.

“We felt that it was important not to rush into a film project just for the sake of making another film. It has taken us a long time to find the right partners who had all the right elements for something as monumental as this,” said Abbot Shi Yongxin today at a press conference in the temple in Songshan, Henan province.

Albert Lee, CEO of EMP, said: “This is the project that EMP has been determined to pursue right from the start. I’d like to thank the Abbot for his faith in our vision and also to thank our mainland partners who have helped us realise an outstanding dream.”



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