HBO ASIA RELEASES ITS FIRST CHINESE-LANGUAGE FILMS
Fight-film aficionados recently got a double dose of Chinese martial arts with the release of Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-ying. The action flicks are from HBO Asia (producer) and HBO Home Entertainment (U.S. distributor). They’re available now for digital download, with release on 'V' and Blu-ray coming at a later date.
Filmed in Hengdian, China, the movies represent HBO Asia’s first foray into Chineselanguage production, not to mention its first attempt to tackle the martial arts. The executive producer on both projects was Hong Kong director Corey Yuen (The Transporter), and the director was Guo -ianyong (choreographer for Cradle 2 the Grave and the first three films in the Transporter franchise). Synopsis: Master of the Drunken Fist — Born to a wealthy merchant in Canton, So Chan is pampered but smart and ambitious. And he’s about to become the emperor’s top martial arts warrior. When he finds himself dragged into a conspiracy between two political powers, he loses everything, including his family. With help from the beggar gang chief and his daughter, and a healthy dose of liquor, So grasps the full essence of drunken fist as he sets out to exact revenge and find the love of his life.
Synopsis: Master of the Shadowless Kick — A quiet and honest physician, Wong Kei-ying spends his life upholding medical ethics and saving lives while avoiding conflicts — until he finds himself tricked into assisting Wei, the treacherous new governor of Canton, in a bid to wrest control of the city’s opium business from a local gang. When his mentor leaves him with illustrations of the ´shadowless kick,” Wong must master the skill and use it in a final attempt to take down his foe.