Cannes 2011: First Teaser For Peter Chan's WU XIA Impresses
by Todd Brown, May 10, 2011 4:14 PM
It seemed a very safe bet that Peter Chan's Wu Xia was going to be a visually gorgeous picture. After all, Chan is one of Hong Kong's leading directors - and has been for ages - and he had a handsome budget and stellar cast anchored by Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro to work with here. But it's still nice to have those early assumptions confirmed.
A film that began life as a remake of Shaw Brothers classic The One Armed Swordsman - and nods to that fact by including original star Jimmy Wang Yu in the cast here - Wu Xia will soon premiere out of competition in the midnight lineup in Cannes. Here's how they describe it:
In the late Qing Dynasty, LIU Jin-xi is a papermaker and father of two sons who lives a seemingly normal life with his family in a remote village. However, the arrival of a detective soon threatens to tear them apart...
You know how I describe it? Yummy. Check the trailer below.
"The character changed as we talked about the script," he says. "I didn't know how to do this guy," but one day they decided to give the character a Sichuan accent and everything fell into place. ----- by Mr Takeshi Kaneshiro