Derek Yee’s “Death Duel” Completes Filming
After ten months of preparation and filming, the remake of the 1977’s wuxia movie, Death Duel <三少爺的劍>, has concluded filming during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Derek Yee (爾冬陞), who portrayed the original Third Master Chi from first version of Death Duel, returns as the director and scriptwriter in the remake of Gu Long‘s (古龍) classic novel. “The role as Third Master Chi has represented my life experience from the time I was 19 years old until now. Today is the official goodbye, and I can finally put the past behind me.”
Derek is grateful that one of his most respected mentors, Tsui Hark (徐克), joined on board as executive producer after 15 years of planning and discussion. Derek said, “I’m very grateful towards Tsui Hark for teaching me about the use of 3D effects, filming methods, art direction and costume design unreservedly. I wouldn’t be able to complete this film on my own.”
Mainland actor, Lin Gengxin (林更新), was chosen time to star as the legendary Third Master Chi, while Peter Ho (何潤東) stars as his rival, Yan Shisan. Gengxin felt extremely lucky to be involved in the movie, and started training with swords in April.
“Derek and Tsui Hark are directors with martial arts backgrounds. They are experienced, and straightforward. I’m very lucky that I’m able to work with two grandmasters and be able to train under them. In the 140 days of filming, they’ve shared a lot of valuable experience and helped me realize my wuxia dream. Under their tutelage, I was given insight into the real world of a martial artist. Now that filming is completed, I’m ready to start my own wuxia journey. I’ll miss this, but I’m eager to see what’s next. I’ll continue to work hard and hope to see this movie soon,” Gengxin said.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.