THE MOVIE: A cop and his team of comrades go undercover in one of China’s most ruthless underworld organizations to stop a gang leader, only to put themselves in great danger after being exposed one by one.
Special Identity is 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.
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.
Updates: 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. | HKtop10 has the latest on the Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao fiasco.
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. | 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?
Don’t miss the new poster for the film, which suggests the movie may be released under the title Special ID. | The release date has now been set to October 3 in China/HK and Malaysia. | New English-subtitled trailer. | New behind-the-scenes featurette.
HK release date is now October 18th, which means we should see a Blu-ray or DVD in time for Christmas. Also check out two behind-the-scenes clips, courtesy of Film Combat Syndicate. | Watch the new TV spot. | Behind-the-scenes footage by action choreographer John Salvitti. | Another behind-the-scenes feature. | Brand new international promo. | Enjoy trailer #3. | Watch an action-packed, 2-minute fight scene! There’s some new poster art to be had (more here), featuring Donnie Yen, Andy On and others. Also be sure to check out a new behind-the-scenes clip involving car stunts. | A pack of new posters have been released. | Watch a Donnie Yen vs. Andy On action clip.