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Jet Li, Tsui Hark reteam for 3D martial arts film
Posted on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm
by IDMA Editor

Martial artist and actor Jet Li is reuniting with his Once Upon a Time in China director Tsui Hark for a new 3D action film.

Action star Jet Li will reteam with his 'Once Upon a Time in China' director Tsui Hark on a new, big-budget 3D martial arts film, 'The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate - Photo from Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Li has signed on to star in veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui's upcoming 3D martial arts film The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a $35-million US project that began filming outside Beijing last weekend.

It is the pair's first film together in nearly two decades.

The action star, last seen in the Chinese-language film Ocean Heaven and the Hollywood title The Expendables, will headline The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate alongside actors Zhou Xun and Chen Kun, Tsui's wife and film producer Nansun Shi told The Associated Press in an email.

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate recounts the tale of a Ming Dynasty general (Li) who faces off against a power-hungry bureaucrat (Chen), with the decisive battle taking place at an inn run by Zhou's character. It is a remake of King Hu's 1967 film Dragon Gate Inn, which inspired many subsequent martial arts blockbusters.

Tsui previously remade the film in 1992 (in a 2D version), with the film's cast including stars Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen.

The new 3D remake is expected to hit theatres in December 2011.

Tsui and Li rose to international fame in the 1990s with the kung fu movie franchise Once Upon a Time in China, in which the latter starred as the Chinese folk hero and martial arts master Wong Fei Hung.

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