Who Will Be The New Wong Fei-hung In Roy Chow's RISE OF THE LEGEND

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One of the most popular kung fu icons of all time is returning to the big screen, with director Roy Chow (pictured above) resurrecting the legend of Wong Fei-hung for his upcoming Rise Of The Legend. Previously played by the likes of Jet Li and Jackie Chan, Wong's historical roots are as an actual martial arts instructor - Lau Kar Leung's family trained in his school - but over the years Wong has been elevated to the status of a true folk hero and is often portrayed as standing strong against foreign influences in China.

Given the history of major stars playing the character there is obviously a great deal of interest in who is taking on the role this time but - despite the film already being in production - the producers aren't saying. What do we know? Bill Kong is producing with former Ang Lee assistant Roy Chow directing. Christine To (Jiang Hu, Fearless, True Legend) has written the script. Cory Yuen is handling action choreography. And included in supporting roles are Sammo Hung, Zhang Jin and Jing Boran.
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  • Heijoshin

    I realize that I am late chiming in for this. I don't know how I missed this when it came out but I am just now seeing it. I have to say that I as well am disappointed in seeing Corey Yuen being chosen for the choreography in this film. I believe that Woo Ping would have been a more traditional choice.

    BUT with myself still saddened at the loss of Lau Kar Lueng and for several years now pinning for his announced but never done 'Hung Fist' movie I can't help but wonder why anyone would pass up on this golden opportunity not just to make a new Wong Fei-Hung movie but to show off tradition Hung Gar Kung fu from its real roots.

    Why not tap Lau Kar Wing here? I would say that if I were involved with the project I would insist upon it if for nothing less than to honor his brother's passing. You would also get some great choreography with that deal. Much better than you would with Corey Yuen at the helm. (No offense meant to Corey Yuen)

    As for who would play Wong Fei-Hung, there are a slew of actors that could fit the bill. I think he's a fairly easy character to capture with the right director, script and choreographer. It might even be interesting to give Wu Jing a shot here since everyone has been waiting for a real break through leading role for him.

    I would definatrely find a role for Cheng-Hui Yu in there as well. This by all rights should be a good movie. I just hope that it doesn't get screwed up.

  • supershinobi

    Yeah! Corey Yuen has lost it for me.. nothing decent since Fong Sai Yuk! Lau Kar Leung would have been awesome.. his passing is a great lost to Kung Fu and the movie industry! :(

    Although I like Wu Jing, I just feel he doesn't have enough screen presence or charisma to pull off a good Wong Fei Hung! Who knows... I guess we'll have to wait and find out. In true tradition.. I hope they keep the theme!!! NO Jay Chou hip hop remix please!!!!!

  • Yogi Tam

    I love Philip Ng, he is great at Choy Lee Fut. May not bring out the true essence of Hung Gar. But then again, Kwan Duk Hing was White Crane but he did a great job as Wong Fei Hung. Maybe Oscar Lam?

  • supershinobi

    Once Upon A Time in Shanghai looks interesting.. so I'm looking forward to seeing what Philip does in that! Who is Oscar Lam?

  • supershinobi

    The fact that Corey Yuen has been given the task of choreographing the kung fu action gives me little hope for this new Wong Fei Hung. I really hope they stay away from the 3D gimmick of late! As for the starring role.. Philip Ng?

  • Art Vandelay

    It'll probably be the fat kid from "Murderer".

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