Twitch reports that Donnie Yen held a press conference in Beijing yesterday to announce his latest film, titled Special Identity. The movie is a rip-roaring action yarn set in modern times and pits Donnie Yen against a formidable opponent in Vincent Zhao, the martial artist/actor famous for turns in True Legend and The Blade.
The project will be directed by Clarence Fok, who directed the original The Iceman Cometh that Donnie Yen happens to be remaking. He also helmed the classic Category III flick Naked Killer and the underrated 1998 film Cheap Killers.
The cinematographer on Special Identity is Peter Pau, a legend in his own right, having served as director of photography on films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Bride With White Hair.
At the conference, Donnie Yen promised some “great action scenes” between himself and Vincent Zhao, while Zhao said to look forward to some epic car chases. The car stunts on Special Identity are being handled by Hong Kong luminary Bruce Law, who has films like The Beast Stalker and Flash Point to his credit, and is also handling the car work on Jackie Chan’s upcoming farewell to action, Chinese Zodiac. Special Identity is scheduled to release in China in November.
Update: Beyond Hollywood has some behind the scenes photos of the film, including one which looks like it depicts a massive Triad gangwar.
Twitch has some shocking news: Vincent Zhao has dropped out of Special Identity. Andy On (Black Mask 2, King of Triads) has been cast to replace Vincent Zhao. Beyond Hollywood has the word on Zhao’s departure straight from Donnie Yen. Jaynestars.com posted a new, interesting article that has Vincent Zhao blasting Donnie Yen’s domineering ways. HKtop10 has the latest on the Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao fiasco.
HKtop10 has posted stills from the Special Identity. Mtime.com reports that Flash Point’s Collin Chou has joined the Special Identity cast. | HKtop10 reports that Mainland director Tan Bing (who was originally going to direct Special Identity back when it was still known as The Ultimate Codebreak) held a press conference and made several accusations against Donnie Yen. | Asian Movie Pulse has more on the issue, with claims that Donnie Yen may be taking Vincent Zhao to court.
Via Twitch, Donnie Yen’s official website has a gallery of pictures, including many behind-the-scenes photos and action shots from Special Identity. The film is currently in post-production and should be on track for a November release date.
Andy On speaks! In a new interview, the veteran martial artist/actor stays pretty quiet about the Donnie/Vincent feud but lets it slip that he and Donnie share a 10 minute fight scene in the film. In fact, Andy makes it sound like he and Donnie went ‘full contact’ for their fight – and we believe him! Thanks to Martial Arts Action Cinema for the story.
When Andy On signed on to Special Identity to replace Vincent Zhao, most fans assumed that the film’s ‘final fight’ would be a bout between Donnie and Andy – especially when Andy revealed he has a 10 minute fight scene with Donnie in the movie. Well, new details have surfaced and it turns out Special Identity‘s climactic showdown will be between Donnie Yen and Collin Chou. What do you folks think: can these two martial arts stars possibly top their incredible battle at the end of 2007′s Flash Point?
BREAKING NEWS: Don’t miss the new poster for the film, which suggests the movie may be released under the title Special ID.