Could Benny Chan's METAMORPHOSIS Spell Change For Universe?
Scouring the booths at Hong Kong Filmart, I saw that local production house Universe was teasing a couple of upcoming projects. The main focus is on the Pang Brothers' Inferno 3D, starring Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Lee Sinje, which should be ready for audiences later this year, but they also showed us a promo reel for their still-shooting Metamorphosis.
A notable step-up from Universe's recent slate of unerwhelming thrillers, Metamorphosis looks to be a high calibre, complex action thriller directed by Benny Chan (Shaolin, Divergence) and starring a triumvirate of heavyweight stars in the form of Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung.
The globe-trotting production is currently shooting in Thailand, and sees Lau play an ambitious narcotics officer on the trail of a notorious drugs cartel working out of the Golden Triangle. Cheung plays his loyal subordinate, while Koo is their life-long friend, embedded deep undercover in the targeted gang.
Also starring Lo Hoi Pang and Yuan Quan, Metamorphosis looks to be a mix of Protege and Overheard, blending kinetic action and tense drama, both in Hong Kong and spreading across Asia.The film won't be ready until some time next year, but what we saw today has definitely piqued our interest.
Metamorphosis is produced by Alvin Lam, Benny Chan, Alex Dong, Jeffrey Chan and Dong Pei Wen, with Chan regulars Anthony Pun handling the cinematography and Lee Chung Chi providing the action choreography.
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