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“Saving General Yang” Opens Worldwide April 4, 2013

By on February 18, 2013

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Hong Kong tragic war film, Saving General Yang <忠烈楊家將>, is finally coming to worldwide cinemas on April 4, 2013!

Directed by internationally acclaimed Hong Kong director, Ronny Yu (于仁泰), Saving General Yang tell the story of Song Dynasty general Yang Ye, who is tasked to defend the Northern Song Dynasty of China from the opposing Liao Dynasty of Khitan. Betrayed by court statesman Pan Renmei, Yang falls into enemy hands. Yang’s seven sons, led by eldest son Yang Dalang, infiltrate the Khitan army to save their father, sacrificing themselves in the process.

Saving General Yang is based on the traditional Chinese folklore, Generals of the Yang Family, which is itself inspired by a true story. Produced by Raymond Wong (黃百鳴) and distributed by Hong Kong’s Pegasus Motion Pictures, the screenplay of Saving General Yang is helmed by Raymond Wong’s son, Edmond Wong (黃子桓), who is best known for his work on Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) Ip Man <葉問> trilogy.

Ronny Yu, who reached worldwide fame after directing 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason and 2006’s Fearless <霍元甲>, returns to direct Saving General Yang after a seven-year hiatus.

With a budget of over $311 million HKD, Saving General Yang is the most expensive production by Pegasus Motion Pictures since its establishment in 2009. The epic motion picture stars an ensemble of popular actors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China, including Adam Cheng (鄭少秋) as the great Song general, Yang Ye; Xu Fan (徐帆) as Yang’s wife, She Saihua; and Ekin Cheng (鄭伊健), Yu Bo (于波), Vic Chou (周渝民), Li Chen (李晨), Raymond Lam (林峯), Wu Chun (吳尊), and Fu Xinbo (付辛博) as Yang and She’s seven sons.

It took Raymond Wong a bit of convincing to bring Ronny Yu back to the studios. What drew Ronny to direct a story that has already been adapted numerous times before?

Filial piety, honor, loyalty, and courage are the main themes explored in Saving General Yang, which were the main attractions that drew Ronny to direct the film. “Besides entertaining the audience, this film can also enlighten the younger generation on what ‘filial piety’ really means. Filial piety never gets old, and is never outdated.”

Vic Chou, who portrays the third son, Yang Sanlang, also praised the script. “I was crying when I read the script. The seven Yang brothers are willing to sacrifice themselves to protect their brothers. I really cry each time I read the script.”

A 2-minute Chinese trailer was released on Yahoo Hong Kong and Taiwan on February 8. The film will be released worldwide, with the exception of the United States, on April 4, 2013.

“Saving General Yang” Trailer

Saving General Yang Adam Cheng  Saving General Yang Yu Bo

Saving General Yang Vic Chou  Saving General Yang Li Cheng

Saving General Yang Wu Chun  Saving General Yang Fu Xinbo

Source: Chinayes.com

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  • Readers' Comments (34)

    1. Funn Lim says:

      April 4? So long away!! At least it uis not April 1! Posters look… not good. Too clean.

    2. Darren says:

      why do they dress like they from some mythical movie? Lord of the ring + Troy cross over! Ridiculous Chinese dressing westernize to impress Chinese audience. They have lost themselves!

      • Ric says:

        I don’t agree. The dress is pretty typical of what ancient films have these days.

      • Cara says:

        Um…that is what generals from the ancient dynasties always wore. What do you expect them to wear, PJs?

      • Crystal says:

        Correct me if I am wrong but the stuff you see in westernized films I.e the outfits and all could have been taken from elsewhere. Thus, theyre not exactly “original” either.

      • msxie says:

        you probably mistakenly think of Manchu clothes as representative of Chinese traditional dressing. .

        This is the clothing style of early Han Chinese dynasties. It’s Lord of the Rings that copied the Chinese wuxia clothing and hair

      • Elle says:

        I hate it when people think Lord of the Rings is an original concept, I mean I love the films myself, but you can see all the references to other cultures and their history, especially the older Chinese dynasties.

    3. Charbydis says:

      I hope this is better that Cecelia’s version cos that was horrible! But I always like Adam Cheng onscreen so would most likely watch it!

    4. Canto says:

      Is this a true story? I should wikipedia it. Is a sad story if it is true… I’d bet the father would not want his sons to die to save him.

      • shu says:

        i found nothing in wikipedia about his 7 son’s recued his father,i dont think this a real event.

      • Fox says:

        Half true, half legend. Yang family existed in real history, the father and the sons really died in Golden Sand Battle, but their story was also exaggerated by the admirers. Watever, they were still the heroes who fought for the country.

        • Looooooooooo says:

          In wuhan , there is a temple to tribute yang’s father , mother and seven sons.it is a tourism landmark

        • shu says:

          i dont think the golden sand battle really happened.it was made up by storytellers,if such great event have happened why isnt it mentioned in wikipedia?
          but agree that the Yang’s family were heroes of the northern-song dynasty.

        • Funn Lim says:

          Wikipedia is a reference source but not the only or ultimate source.

      • Cara says:

        It’s a real story, but I think some details about the Yang family were romanticized and exaggerated.

    5. AL says:

      love it…support Raymond….hope good show…well done every actor

    6. cc says:

      OMG Vic, a definitly watch for him….

    7. HeTieShou says:

      I just hope that it lives up to the expectations since it has been a long wait…

    8. Rain says:

      Super excited to see Wu Chun on the Big Screen again…

    9. Rain says:

      Super EXCITED to see Wu Chun again on the big Screen…

    10. Cara says:

      Parking my butt here until April 4 for Raymond. Although I wished Louis was able to film the movie instead of Ekin.

    11. looooooooooooooo says:

      louise got injured before filming

    12. YanYanKong says:

      Does United States mean the whole North America? Cause I don’t see it here in Canada. I checked the theatre list of coming soon movies and couldn’t see this movie. =( I really wanna watch this in a theatre though.

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