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First Teaser for Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

It appears Donnie Yen can do no harm in his new role as today’s premiere Asian action star (except maybe in the films themselves where he does do quite some harm to his enemies). Yen will try to follow up the current success of Ip Man 2 by stepping into some pretty big shoes.

Previously played by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury and Jet Li in Fist of Legend, the role of Chen Zhen is being redefined in Andrew Lau’s Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (精武風雲.陳真). Produced and scripted by Gordan Chan (director of Jet Li’s aforementioned Fist of Legend), the spiritual sequel also stars Shu Qi, Anthony Wong and Huang Bo.

While some of the initial production shots of this movie seemed somewhat off-putting to some degree (with Donnie Yen sporting a well trimmed ’stache of all things), this first teaser trailer really shows a lot of potential for what seemed to be a risky concept–one that has our titular protagonist looking like a superhero. On the other hand, what isn’t risky is having Yen kick a ton of ass, which from the looks of it will be a recurring theme in this one too!

Official synopsis:

While China is traumatized by military cliques during the Warlord Era in the 1920s, Shanghai is the cynosure of all eyes. People see it as both Hell’s Kitchen and Heaven’s Gate. One of the city’s most memorable heroes has to be Chen Zhen, who single-handedly avenges his mentor’s death by killing all the Japanese at a dojo in Honkou, only to be showered with bullets while making his legendary flying kick. Vanished from the public eye ever since, he has taken for dead though his body is never found.

Seven years later, a wealthy entrepreneur called Koo returns from abroad and makes a grand entrance on the Shanghai social scene by befriending the notorious mafia boss of the city. This mysterious man is none other then Chen Zhen in disguise who dwells in a world of nefarious means in order to infiltrate the criminal empire. He soon discovers a clandestine collusion between the mafia and the Japanese.

Disguised as a caped crusader at night, Chen sets out to dismantle with his martial arts skill the evil collusion that plaques the country. One of his foremost missions is to ferret out the assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

Check out the trailer:

The Saga Continues in Ong Bak 3: Full Trailer Inside

No one can say Tony Jaa is not game. This guy puts it on the line physically (mentally too as suppose) as much as any action star ever has. It dosn’t look like Ong Bak 3 will be an exception to that rule. And based on the new trailer, fans will see plenty more crazy stunts and ass kickery in the conclusion of the Ong Bak trilogy.

Check out the trailer below:

More Mind-Numbing Action in the New Ip Man 2 Trailer

Well, I can’t say my expectations weren’t high for this one but based on this new  railer, April 29th (HK theatrical release) is going to be a great day for martial arts film fans.

No need to spoil the fun with extra words. I’ll just let Donnie Yen’s hands and feet do the talking:

First Teaser Trailer for Fire of Conscience Starring Leon Lai

2009’s The Beast Stalker by Dante Lam was a killer action movie that took many of us by surprise. But after both critical acclaim and commercial success for that thriller, expectations are high for his latest cops and robbers extravaganza starring Leon Lai and Ritchie Jen.

Official synopsis: The investigation of a prostitute homicide brings headstrong, heavy-handed Detective Manfred in an unlikely collaboration with sly, man-of-the-world Inspector Kee from the Narcotics Bureau. When the DNA samples of one of Manfred’s fellow officers are found at the crime scene, implicating him as the prime suspect, Manfred must look beyond the obvious to get to the truth. Meanwhile, Kee’s uncanny eagerness to lend a helping hand every step of the way outside his own turf is beginning to smack of evil. In the line of fire between high levels of corruption and possible malice, Manfred must solve all the twists and turns of the mystery, trying to figure out who his enemy is and how to save his innocent partner from unfathomable disgrace. Unwittingly, he is about to open a Pandora’s Box that will threaten to upend the entire Hong Kong Police Force.

Check out the action-packed teaser trailer below:

Ip Man 2 Teaser Trailer Hits the Web

For those of you living in a cave not equipped with an Internet connection for the last couple of years, this one has probably been on your radar for a while. The first Ip Man was a tour de force that propelled Donnie Yen into an elite category of action star. With the early annoucement of a sequel following its success and the promise of an on-screen rematch between Yen and Sammo Hung (who directed the action in the first Ip Man and fought with Yen in the memorable final scene in SPL), this one is easily one of the most anticipated films of the year.

So now we finally get a teaser trailer, and boy those it do a good job of setting the stage for an eventual full trailer and the movie itself. Featuring an excessively original staging of what looks like a tournament-style showdown between kung fu masters and a satisfying coolness to Yen’s Ip Man, this trailer has our appetites fully whet.

Check out the trailer below:

Tony Jaa's Ong Bak 3 Teaser Released

Tony Jaa’s Ong Bak 3 is set to hit Thai theaters this April and the good folks at Sahamongkol Film have released a teaser trailer that dares to answer the question: how many elbows to the head can human beings withstand? Well, apparently, a lot.

As expected, this sequel looks as action-packed as its predecessors and seemingly showcases even more elephants. Let’s hope this film manages to tie up the loose ends found in Ong Bak 2 in a satisfying manner.

Check out the trailer below:

Teaser for Yuen Woo-ping's True Legend

Yuen Woo-ping needs no introduction around these parts, and likewise, any project he’s attached to is awaited with a high level of anticipation. Hi latest project sees him returning to the director’s chair for the first time in a long time to direct a period actioner entitled True Legend, in which Vincent Chiu (The Blade) will portray legendary martial arts folk hero Su Qi-er–aka Beggar Su.

The picture will also star Michelle Yeoh, Jay Chou, Andy On, Cung Le, Conan Stevens, and the late David Carradine.

Based on this first teaser, which is mixed with film footage and behind-the-scenes footage, this one should be an action-packed ride.

Check out the teaser below:

First Trailer for The Storm Warriors

As far as Asian movies are concerned, it doen’t get much bigger than The Storm Warriors–the pseudo-sequel to the now decade-old The Storm Riders. Returning to their starring roles are Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng, who will be joined by an impressive cast of supporting actors including Charlene Choi, Nicholas Tse, Lam Suet,  and the alway excellent Simon Yam.

Directed by the Pang brothers (The Eye, Bangkok Dangerous), the picture is scheduled for release in December 17, 2009 in Hong Kong.

Check it out:

Teaser Trailer for Mulan Debuts at Cannes

I have to say that even prior to watching this teaser, I had a feeling Vicky Zhao Wei was a good choice for Mulan. Now that the first glimpse of her as the famous Chinese female warrior Mulan is upon us, I feel even more convinced she was the best choice for the part. I also really like the poster art as seen below.

Check out the trailer, which first debuted in Cannes, below:

UPDATED: Jackie Chan Reveals Plans for 100th Movie; Unofficially Armour of God 3

UPDATE: According to the Xinjiang Daily, the recently announced 100th film starring Jackie Chan is actually part 3 of the beloved Armour of God series fans have been clamoring for for years. We don’t know if this was offcially announced, but we expect to learn more quite soon. Stay tuned.

Jackie Chan has revealed plans to film his 100th film, tentatively titled Chinese Zodiac. Chan will co-direct the picture with Stanley Tong, who collaborated with Chan on Rumble In The Bronx, Supercop and The Myth.

Chinese Zodiac also marks Chan’s return to the director’s chair since co-directing Who Am I? with Benny Chan 11 years ago.

The new movie will be produced by Emperor Dragon Movies with a budget of $32 million. No additional cast or story details have been announced at this time. However, according to Tong, Chan first approached him with a script about a globe-trotting treasure hunt six years ago.

Tong also mentioned that principal photography will start around September/October in various locations including Beijing, Hong Kong, France, Vienna and Kazakhstan.

Chan has just finished shooting the Chinese-language action road movie Big Soldier directed by Ding Sheng and plans to start work on Kung Fu Kid with Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith in June.


First Trailer for Johnnie To's Vengeance Released

By now you will have heard of Johnnie To’s latest project starring French performer Johnny Haliday. A film about a French hitman forced to avenge his family in Hong Kong.

This trailer is pure To, showcasing some awesome gunplay and cinematography. All I can say is this trailer is, pardon my French, off the hook!

Check it out (watch for Anthony Wong and Sinon Yam, too):

John Woo's 1949 Cancelled

We can’t say this was a big surprise, given John Woo’s propensity to announce projects that later get let go, but since 1949 was well into pre-production, we had already started imagining the possibilities. Woo’s post-war drama was to star a notable cast including Chang Chen. Unfortunately, it is not to be. The film has been officially cancelled due to rights issues.