Rise of the Legend
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Rise of the Legend (Chinese: 黃飛鴻之英雄有夢) is a 2014 Hong Kong-Chinese kung-fu action film directed by Roy Chow and written by Christine To. The film stars Sammo Hung, Eddie Peng, Wang Luodan and Jing Boran. It was released on 21 November 2014 in China.
|Rise of the Legend|
|Directed by||Roy Chow|
|Written by||Christine To|
|Music by||Shigeru Umebayashi|
|Edited by||Cheung Ka-fai |
|Country||Hong Kong |
|Box office||US$29.76 million|
Principal photography on the film began on 20 August 2013 in China. Edko Films, Irresistible Films, and Universal Pictures International are producing the film, while Edko Films will release the film in China and Universal will distribute the film Internationally. The action director is Corey Yuen.
- Sammo Hung as Master Lui, leader of the Black Tiger gang, Main Villain, died in a final fight against Wong Fei-Hung at the end of film
- Eddie Peng as Wong Fei-Hung, a future revered folk hero, joined the Black Tiger gang to take it down within by climbing into the top four tiger rank with the help from his friends from the outside.
- Angelababy as Xiao Hua, a courtesan, revealed to be the long-lost childhood friend of Wong Fei-Hung, died near in the end of the film in helping Fei-Hung in her own way.
- Wang Luodan as Chun, Wong Fei-Hung's childhood friend and lover
- Jing Boran as Fiery, Wong Fei-Hung' childhood friend and admirer of Chun. He helps Wong Fei-Hung take down the Black Tiger gang from the outside. He died sacrificed himself to keep Fei-Hung from getting his identity as a mole in the Black Tiger Gang from exposed.
- Zhang Jin as Wu Long, the son of the North evil who try to avenge his late father's death caused by the Black Tiger Gang. He was killed by Master Lui while Fei-Hung tries to spare his life.
- Wong Cho-lam as Big Tooth, Good friend of Wong Fei-Hung, a former member of the Black Tiger gang who joins Fei-Hung on his mission to take down the Black Tiger Gang.
- Qin Junjie as Foon, ally, and supporter of Wong Fei-Hung, Chun, and Fiery against the Black Tiger gang
- Jack Feng as North Evil, Leader of the Northern Sea. Rival of Master Lui. Killed by Wong Fei-Hung in the beginning of the film to raise his rank in the Black Tiger Gang.
- Byron Mann as Black Crow, One of four tigers of the Black Tiger Gang. Killed by Wong Fei-Hung and Chun for his key to bank vault of the Black Tiger Gang
- Gao Taiyu as Wing
- Tony Leung Ka-fai as Wong Kei-ying, Wong Fei-Hung's father (guest star), A martial artist and physician who help those in need. He died in a fire by a villain when saving his disciples
Over the years, the tale of Wong Fei-Hung’s heroism has transformed him into a revered folk hero and is widely portrayed in modern media. Arguably one of the most recognizable kung fu figures in cinematic history, he is the subject of over 100 films and television series since the 40s. The character is further made famous on the big screen by kung fu superstars Jet Li and Vincent Zhao in the highly successful Once Upon a Time in China series (1991 – 1997) as well as Jackie Chan in Drunken Master I and II, and excluding III with Willie Chi taking over (1978 – 1994).
Wong Fei-Hung played by Eddie Peng is a young man at 21 years old who is destined to become a master of his time, and an everlasting legend in the world of martial arts. In 1868 during the late Qing Dynasty, in Guangzhou, two crime factions run the Huangpu Port: The Black Tiger and the Northern Sea. For years, the Black Tiger’s fearsome boss Lei Gong played by Sammo Hung has been trying to get rid of the leader of the Northern Sea. One of his latest recruits is Wong Fei-Hung, a fearless fighter who takes the Northern Sea leader’s head after a fierce fight. Recognizing Fei-Hung’s talent, Lei Gong makes the young warrior his godson and one of his Four Tigers, the most trusted men in the gang. There is more to young Fei than meets the eye and the truth about his past and the ultimate showdown soon unravels.
On 19 August 2013 it was announced that Edko Films, Irresistible Delta and BDI Films were teaming up for an upcoming action film based on life stories of the legendary martial arts master Wong Fei-Hung. The producers would be William Kong, Liu Erdong and Ivy Ho, while director Roy Chow would be directing on the script by Christine To. On 12 June 2014 it was announced that Universal Pictures International acquired all international rights to the film, including North America and Edko Films will distribute the film in Asia. It was also announced that the film was in post-production, which Universal would be co-producing along with Edko Films and Irresistible Films.
The shooting of the film began on 20 August 2013 in China.
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