Be still my skeptical heart. After years of being disappointed first by the films that iconic Hong Kong director was announcing as his next projects and then being further disappointed by the fact that he never seemed to actually make anything it would now appear that the post-Paycheck
years are now well and truly behind him and the move back to China has done him good. Yes, he had a big hit with Three Kingdoms
and now Woo is following that up - promptly! - with Jianyu Jianghu
, also known in english as Rain of Swords In The Pugilistic World
though I expect that to change soon. A return to full out wuxia film also designed to help launch Michelle Yeoh back into the spotlight this one hasn't just been announced, it's not just being sold, it's actually being made.
428AD, Bodhi, a Southern India prince became a Buddhist monk and set
off for China, earning a hallowed reputation as a mystical martial
artist. Following his death, his remains mysteriously disappeared.
of years later, Zhang, a high-ranking court official, is assassinated
by Drizzle. Zhang's son Jingxiu, whilst mourning his father's death, is
assailed by a group assassins. They leave him for dead, but somehow he
survives and escapes their clutches.
Drizzle, a talented
warrior herself, finds herself in possession of Bodhi's remains, and
begins her quest to return them to their rightful resting place at
Yunhe Temple. The Black Stone, a team of deadly assassins who employed
Drizzle, are also after the remains and the powerful secret they hold.
To hide from The Black Stone, Drizzle undergoes drastic facial surgery
and changes her name to Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh). She flees to
Beijing, where she meets and falls in love with Jiang, soon to become
After a confrontation in Beijing, Zeng
Jing's identity is uncovered and both she and Jiang must flee for their
lives. As Zeng Jing kills off members of the gang while they are on the
run, she quickly realises Jiang is actually Jingxiu, and he is seeking
to avenge his father's death. This leads to a lethal triangle and a
fight to death between our hero Zeng Jing, Jiang and The Black Stone.
The only question remains who will be the last ones standing to uncover the secret of Bodhi's remains?
The first stills for this one have started to pop up in the Chinese media and we've got a small selection below.
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