Donnie Yen’s (甄子丹) new production company, Super Hero Films, is all set to make their first round of motion pictures – The Master <大師> and Kowloon Walled City <九龍城寨>.
Although both films are still in very early pre-production stages, Cheang Pou Soi (鄭保瑞) has already signed on to direct The Master, a martial arts film about a Hong Kong immigrant who becomes a target of revenge after opening up his own kung fu school in 1970s America. Production will begin to shoot this year, and Donnie himself plans to star in the film.
Super Hero Films’ second project, Kowloon Walled City, will be directed by Derek Kwok (郭子健), who is best known for directing the award-winning film Gallants <打擂台> and co-directing Stephen Chow’s (周星馳) Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons <西遊降魔篇>.
“I initially had a completely different idea for Kowloon Walled City,” said Derek Kwok. “I wanted it to be dark, depressing, and evil – to have the black and white sides mingling together with a crime-infested story. It is rather heavy, but Donnie wanted to film something positive.”
Also set in the 1970s, the action-packed Kowloon Walled City will again star Donnie, who in the film will ally up with the Hong Kong Police Force and lead a team of elite forces to battle crime and corruption in the dangerous and self-governed walled city, which has since been demolished by the Hong Kong government. Both Derek and Donnie clarified that Kowloon Walled City will still be a dark film, but instead of glorifying the triads, the film will be about the story of a group of small-time, no-good gangsters who fight for justice and survival.
“By establishing Super Hero Films, I hope to make more films that give off positive energy,” said Donnie.
Both films will be introduced at the Cannes Film Festival this year, which will be held next month.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.