SYDNEY– The stunts of Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh and the late Bruce Lee will be showcased in an a novel TV series which begins production in L.A. this month.
Monikered “Hong Kong Cafe,” the one-hour segs will feature scenes from Hong Kong action films, mounted on a high-tech set.
It’s the first production from Fortune Star, a subsid of Rupert Murdoch’s satcaster Star TV, in league with Triage Entertainment and West End Stories. The show will be distributed in the U.S. by DreamWorks Television and in Asia by Fortune Star.
The series has access to more than 600 Hong Kong films including many directed by John Woo, Ronny Yu, Yuen Woo-ping and Corey Yuen.
“In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in martial arts films, or pictures inspired by them, in America,” said series creator, Mitchell Stuart. “From Jackie Chan and Jet Li emerging as huge stars in American films, to the action scenes in ‘The Matrix’ deriving much of their excitement from choreography by Yuen Woo-ping, to astounding breakthrough success of Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,’ there’s a real appetite for this genre of filmmaking.”
The high-tech cafe set looks like the bar/restaurants often seen in Hong Kong films and will be frequented by rising stars. As hosts, these series regulars will provide interstitial conversation along with comedy, fashion and music elements.