Announced as a late addition to the LFF line-up, the picture will play in the festival’s Thrill section on Sunday Oct. 12 at the Empire Leicester Square.
The film is directed by Hong Kong’s Teddy Chen (“Bodyguards And Assassins”) and stars Yen (“Ip Man”) as a former martial arts instructor imprisoned after slaying an opponent. It also stars mainland China’s Wang Baoqiang (“Blind Shaft,” “Lost In Thailand”), Hong Kong actress Charlie Young “Seven Swords”) and Michelle Bai (“The Viral Factor”).
Production is by Emperor Film Production Company, Sun Entertainment Culture and Beijing Silver Moon Productions, with international sales handled by Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures.
Chen described the film as “my first to cross martial arts combat in a contemporary Hong Kong action film with elements of a thriller and crime detective story.”
“‘Kung Fu Jungle’ is a breathtaking thrill-ride, featuring stellar performances from the entire cast,” said the British Film Institute’s Clare Stewart in a statement.