The first trailer for Michael Chuah's upcoming action film Fist of Dragon
hit the web late last week and I gotta say that is some fine old school HK action filmmaking going on there. Harkening back to the action films coming out of HK during the 80s and 90s the modestly budgeted film doesn't look to be shy of the action however.
You can find the trailer after the break. Also, be sure to read the article over at The Staronline
for more back story to the production."Fist of Dragon" tells the story of Li, who comes to South East Asia by the request of his father to help out his uncle who has been facing financial difficulties. Li, upon arriving in the town, feels out of place due to the differences in cultures of the people here. When he discovers that his uncle has been facing many hardships posed by the local mobsters, Li decides to stay and to help his uncle and get rid of them. However, Li encounters resistance from the locals as Li's action brings the wrath of the triad and drags the whole town into turmoil. Moreover, his uncle's daughter, Lily is on the triad side, and their relationship is badly affected when the confrontation between the two groups reach its peak.
Michael Chuah, director of the Malaysian horror film Seed of Darkness has been working hard at the Singaporean action film titled Fist Of Dragon or Long, Quan (previously known as Long De Quan Ren). Not only is he directing the film but due to a contractual issue with his hired lead actor he found himself nominated by his producers to fill the new void and play the lead. Fist of Dragon also features Singaporean actors Fiona Xie (Rule#1) and Henry Thia (Love Matters) and China actress Wang Xiao Chen (Legend Of The Condor Heroes). The film is set to open in March of 2010.
"I have always wanted to work on action movies. When I was young I loved to watch movies by Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, in which the protagonist is always very heroic and stands up for the weak. I feel that nowadays we are getting less of that kind of movie because Jet Li is not as active and Jackie Chan is in Hollywood making a lot of cops-and-robbers films. There is no longer the heroic Chinese icon that was previously portrayed by them. I really miss the 90s when I would go to the cinemas and watch movies like Wong Fei Hung and Fong Sai Yuk as well as other Jet Li-type heroic characters"
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