Louis Koo And Tony Jaa Throw Down In Wilson Yip's PARADOX

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Louis Koo And Tony Jaa Throw Down In Wilson Yip's PARADOX

It was back in 2005 that Hong Kong based director Wilson Yip blew martial arts fans minds worldwide with the release of SPL. The dark contemporary crime drama featured amazing fight work from stars Donnie Yen, Wu Jing and Sammo Hung - the latter of whom also choreographed the film - and kickstarted the current career resurgance of Donnie Yen while on the path to becoming an international hit. And while Yip has continued to work in martial arts film since - his continued work with Yen on the Ip Man series of films has been fantastic - he has only done so in a contemporary setting once since, with 2007 effort Flash Point. That changes with the upcoming Paradox.

Reuniting with fight director Sammo Hung, Yip here casts Louis Koo asa police negotiator searching for his abducted daughter in Bangkok where he stumbles across an organ trafficking gang. And helping him along the way? Yep, that'd be Ong Bak star Tony Jaa as a local cop. Cue multiple knees to the face.

As much as I love the Ip Man films it's more than a little exciting to see Yip here getting back down and dirty and away from the more polite approach the period setting and historical grounding of those films required. This looks very much back in the spirit of SPL and the idea of what Tony Jaa can do under the guidance of Yip and Sammo Hung? Yes, please. Check out the trailer below.

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Zero LastimosaMarch 13, 2017 11:35 PM

Definitely looking forward to some present day Wilson Yip street fights. I feel like this trailer was just kind of lacking in material to show...lol

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HeijoshinMarch 14, 2017 7:54 PM

Wah! What a headline! Flashpoint still remains my benchmark for modern action choreography. This definitely has my attention. Of course these days, even with the names attached, nothing seems to be a guarantee.

Todd BrownMarch 15, 2017 12:01 PM

Given the timing of the release my very large suspicion is that this is something cut together specifically for the HK Filmart. So, yeah, most likely not working with the full assortment of footage at this point. I would guess this was cut sometime pretty early in the Bangkok part of the shoot as it's definitely VERY HK centric for a movie largely shot in Thailand.

MangkoneMarch 15, 2017 1:21 PM

I'm on board, this is one heluva good trailer.

MonaBriss.March 25, 2017 3:29 PM

Donnie Yen was actually the action director and choreographer for SPL, and also won The Hong Kong Film Award for best action choreography, not Sammo Hung, if that's what you meant. At least I understood it that way. IMO Wilson Yip's movies are not the same without Donnie Yen. Donnie and Wilson have a special understanding and chemistry between them. They are a golden duo and they have won awards with all their movies.