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TVB drama, The Bund <上海灘>, was an unforgettable classic that spawned several sequels, television and film adaptations. Released in 1980, The Bund told the riveting story of how triad member, “Hui Man Keung,” portrayed by Chow Yun Fat (周潤發), rose to prominence in Shanghai’s triad world. Thirty-two years later, Chow Yun Fat will resume his role as “Hui Man Keung” in Andrew Lau’s (劉偉強) 2012 adaptation!
Slated to film in May 2012, the film was tentatively titled, Great Shanghai <大上海>. It was understood that mainland film company, Bona Poly Film Group, will be investing $15 million to $20 million USD to produce the film fit for IMAX screens. Although the scriptwriter was Wong Jing (王晶), who was known for his oddball humor, Great Shanghai will not be a comedy, but will feature the clash of powerful triad forces.
It was rumored that Great Shanghai will also star Sammo Hung (洪金寶) and Shu Qi (舒淇), who will portray onscreen lovers with Chow Yun Fat. Wong Jing indicated that he was also interested in casting Huang Xiao Ming, who had portrayed “Hui Man Keung” in a 2006 mainland China television adaptation. However, Wong Jing noted that he has not had the chance to discuss thoroughly with Huang Xiao Ming, who has not agreed to the film the movie yet. Wong Jing also expressed that the new film will not be a retelling of the classic story, but rather feature new material.
Thirty-two years later, will Chow Yun Fat be able to resume the glory of “Hui Man Keung” and persuade audiences to pay IMAX tickets for the new film, Great Shanghai?
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Jayne: An important film project to keep a tab on. Wonder which additional stars will be cast in the project.