HK Filmart 2013: Donnie Yen, Media Asia Create Super Hero Films

James Marsh, Asian Editor
There was an air of mystery surrounding Tuesday night's "Donnie Yen: Super Hero" press conference at Hong Kong Filmart, but all quickly became clear once the actor took to the stage with Media Asia chief, Peter Lam. Together they unveiled their new production company, Super Hero Films, which will be dedicated to making international action films.

"I wish to incorporate Hollywood technologies into Hong Kong films and introduce more Chinese action stars to the world," FilmBiz Asia quoted Yen as saying, "and breathe new life and create new opportunities for the Hong Kong film industry." Action directors Derek Kwok and Soi Cheang were also in attendance.

Not only is this great news for Action Cinema fans, and Hong Kong martial arts fans in particular, but it is also a sensible move for Yen himself. There has been much speculation over where martial arts Cinema in the city is headed, with precious few standout prospects positioned to take over when Yen and his contemporaries inevitably slow down. For many, Donnie is already past his prime, but Super Hero Films looks to be the perfect platform for him to continue his involvement in the industry, strengthen his international profile, while nurturing talent on both continents.

Sounds like a smart move all round.
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  • AnitaBailey

    I am so glad Donnie is doing this. It is a smart move. I am a strong believer that those who been successful in the entertainment industry should pass the torch or mantle to the next generation if they want their legacy to continue. Also, It helps to nurture martial artist/action actors that otherwise would not get a chance to show their talent. No one's mentoring anyone to take their place. That's why there was and still is a big gap in the music industry since Michael Jackson died. That's why there was a big gap when Bruce Lee died. Thanks Donnie for wanting to pass it forward.

  • K

    THis is great. Now where is Donnie's Special Identity? It's been finished for ages (in HK terms), but barely any pix have been released and no trailer!

  • King Vegeta

    hope this means a sequel to Dragon Tiger Gate!

  • Qinlong

    I don't want to sound pessimistic or anything, but doesn't that sound a lot like Michelle Yeoh and Thomas Chung's ill-fated Mythical Films ?

  • Pomme NJ

    Very promising. Donnie absolutely has what it takes to do all that. Why not ? JUST GO FOR IT !!!

  • Simon de Bruyn

    Love the way you guys are covering Filmart

  • hutch

    No. It sounds like more CG in action films. I'd rather the entire genre take a bow than continue this path.

  • DooK

    You got it twisted. The headline is referring to Yen and Peter Lam creating a new production company with the name of "Super Hero Films". Also, Yen will incorporate Hollywood elements into his movies meaning that he blend eastern elements and western elements in terms of action movie-making, something Yen has done since the beginning of his career.

  • hutch

    uh-huh. We'll see.

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