Alibaba’s Jack Ma to be a wushu star?

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By SETO KIT YAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­ The en­tre­pre­neur Ma is star­ring in a short film ti­tled GSD.

ALIBABA founder Jack Ma is full of sur­prises.

The rich­est man in China ap­par­ently dreams of be­ing a wuxia hero or a movie kungfu su­per­star to be ex­act. The world-fa­mous en­tre­pre­neur posted on his Weibo ac­count on Oct 28 about his lat­est project – star­ring in a short film.

In the post, the 53-year-old wrote six words in Chi­nese, “Na yi ye...Na yi meng.” Trans­lated, it means, “That one night ...That one dream.”

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing poster gives the movie ti­tle as GSD or Gong Shou Dao in Man­darin, mean­ing ‘guardians of mar­tial arts’.

In the poster, the Alibaba group ex­ec­u­tive chair­man takes cen­tres­tage as the Taichi Mas­ter. Ma is said to have been prac­tis­ing Taichi since 1988, and even con­ducts classes to teach fel­low en­trepreneurs.

Apart from Ma, the poster also fea­tures 11 other fa­mous faces in Chi­nese cin­ema as well as mar­tial arts such as Jet Li, Don­nie Yen, Sammo Hung, Jacky Wu Jing, Yuen Woo Ping, Tony Ching Siu Tung, Jacky He­ung Cho, Thai ac­tion star Tony Jaa, boxer Zou Shim­ing, re­tired Mon­go­lian Sumo cham­pion Asashoryu Aki­nori and Aus­tralian ac­tress Natasha Liu Bordizzo (who played Snow Vase in Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Dragon).

The short film is pro­duced by wushu su­per­star Li, with whom Ma co-founded the Taiji Zen mar­tial arts academy in 2013.

GSD is made to pro­mote Taichi to a global au­di­ence by pre­sent­ing its ben­e­fits to health and hap­pi­ness and as a win­dow onto Chi­nese cul­ture.

This view is shared by Ma’s fel­low cast mem­bers, none of whom took a pay­check for their par­tic­i­pa­tion, ac­cord­ing to Al­izila, which re­ports news from Alibaba Group in English lan­guage.

GSD is sched­uled for re­lease in China in Novem­ber.

It will be sub­ti­tled in English, and made avail­able to view­ers out­side of China.

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