Filmmaker's 'Wu Xia' takes martial arts genre in new direction

BEIJING — Hong Kong helmer and producer Peter Chan is confident his $20 million chopsocky epic “Wu Xia” will revolutionize the genre.

The pic, produced and financed under his revamped We Pictures label, is his first outing as helmer since 2007 epic “The Warlords.”

Chan said the genre has become tired with no logic, action scenes that defy the laws of physics and little fresh or engaging to offer. Donnie Yen is choreographing the action scenes and this has completely revolutionized shooting, Chan said. “He is truly my creative collaborator, the action director I’ve been waiting for,” he said.

“Wu Xia,” which means “martial arts” in Chinese, features Yen (“Ip Man”), Takeshi Kaneshiro (“The Warlords,” “Red Cliff”), and Tang Wei (“Lust, Caution”).

“Wu Xia” has sold in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. We Distribution will handle China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and there has been interest from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. – — Clifford Coonan

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