The premiere dates of the inaugural HBO Asia Original anthology of martial arts action TV movies co-produced with China Movie Channel (CMC) were announced. Both movies will premiere on the same day during primetime across Asia on HBO and Red By HBO and in China on CMC’s premium subscription channel, CHC. Master of the Drunken Fist:Beggar So premieres on primetime on Christmas Day, while Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying will debut a day later.
This is the first time a China co-production movie will premiere on the same day in China as well as across the region. Both movies will also be available on HBO Go and HBO On Demand in Asia, as well as on CCTV6 in China at a later date.
HBO Asia will be distributing the movies which were executive produced by Hong Kong action director, Corey Yuen outside of China while CMC handles distribution within the mainland. The trailers for both TV movies, which boast a cast of Chinese actors professionally trained in mixed martial arts, kung fu and muay thai, were released.
The action-packed movies are set in ancient China at the end of the Qing dynasty. Shot in Chinese language in Hengdian, China, the movies will be dubbed in English with local language subtitles when they premiere in Asia on HBO. Concurrently, both movies will also debut at the same time on Red By HBO in its original language with English subtitles. Both movies will air in original language in China.
Guo Jian-yong who specializes in martial arts movies and has choreographed the action sequences for Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), The Twins Effect II (2004), Red Cliff (2007) and Transporter I, II and III (2001; 2005; 2008) directed the two TV movies.
The first movie in the anthology, Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So, stars Cao Jun as Beggar So Chan. Due to a conspiracy, wealthy So Chan loses everything but is saved by the Beggars’ Sect. He learns the long lost martial art – Drunken Fist, to defeat the person who framed him.
Sun Hao-ran stars in the titular role of Wong Kei-ying. A physician, he learns the legendary martial art – Shadowless Kick – to take down the ruthless and treacherous new governor of Canton in Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying.
A team of writers from China wrote the two movies, while award-winning Singaporean screenwriter, Koh Teng Liang, contributed to the screenplay of Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying.
These two anthology TV movies are among of four HBO Asia Original productions this year.
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