Martial Arts Director Lau Kar-Leung prepares for his Kung Fu Masterpiece: Heroes of Shaolin
Legendary Martial Arts director Lau Kar-Leung has done it all in the Kung Fu genre. He write, direct, choreograph and star in many of the classic Kung-Fu movies in a span of 40 years. His most recent work was in Seven Swords where Lau served as an action choreographer as well as acting in a supporting role. For Lau Kar Leung to make this statement on his latest project, Heros of Shaolin: ‚Äúthis will be my best movie, and the best martial arts movie ever made‚Äù, that is something you don't take lightly. Heed his words for one can expect great things from this man considering the body of work he has done in his long and impressive career. Here is how the story goes:
A remarkable Shaolin Monk Luk Ah-Choi escapes from the destruction of his home (the Shaolin Temple) and takes refuge in a local village where he falls in love with the beautiful, jaded and lethal Yim Wing Chun. Together they struggle to organize a rebellion against the oppressing Qing Dynasty. Distracted from his true mission by his vendetta against the murderous traitor Bok Mei (Liu), Luk Ah-Choi jeopardizes all in this 19th Century epic of love, life and vengeance.
Lau's adopted brother and long time colleague, Gordon Lui of Kill Bill fame is attached as a member of the cast. Possible actors and actress on the wanted list include Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-Fat, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. The film is currently in pre-production and is being produced by New York based, Burning Shaolin Production. It will begin production early mid 2007 in Mainland China with a release date targeted in 2008.