Asian superstar Andy Lau and Liu Ye (“Lan Yu,” “The Last Supper”) star in “Saving Mr. Wu,” a true crime story about the kidnapping of a film star.
The picture is directed by action specialist Ding Sheng, who previously directed Jackie Chan vehicles “Police Story 2013” and “Little Big Soldier,” and thrillers “Underdog Knight” parts 1 and 2.
The real story was one that gripped Hong Kong and China for 21 hours in real time. The movie realization is understood to bring to light new details of the police investigation, the cruelty of the kidnappers and the bravery of the kidnapped star.
Other cast includes Wang Qianyuan, Wu Ruofu and Lam Suet.
Production is the first under Ding’s own Beijing Going Zoom Media banner, with co-financiers including mainland China’s Shanghai New Media Group.
International sales are by Hong Kong’s Golden Network, which recently handled smash hit “Dragon Blade” with Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody and John Cusack.
While “Dragon Blade” was widely sold in Asia, the company added more sales further afield after its $117 million performance at the Chinese box office. Golden Network director Clarence Tang says the company is actively negotiating a sale to North America and expects to reveal further releases synched to the U.S. outing closer to Cannes.