Enlight Media held a press conference on April 22 to announce that martial arts superstar Jet Li will reteam with up-and-coming actor Wen Zhang on a new film. The duo previously starred together in the special FX-infused, 2011 kung fu fantasy The Sorcerer and the White Snake.
Their next movie is known only as Bu Er Shen Tan (English: The One Detective) with no details on the plot or genre. It’s one of seven movies that Enlight Media is planning to shoot this year, in another clear indication that the Chinese film industry is ramping up to compete with Hollywood.
In the meantime, you can always order The Sorcerer and the White Snake on Blu-ray from our friends at DDDHouse.
Update: Jet Li’s latest collaboration with fellow actor Wen Zhang is a cop thriller titled The One Detective.
The project has been shrouded in secrecy. All we really know of the plot is that it follows Jet Li and Wen Zhang as two police officers investigating a series of murders. However, today much of the female cast was revealed: actresses Liu Yan, Liu Shishi, and Michelle Chen will all have a role in the film.
The film is no longer titled The One Detective but Badges of Fury. Before you think ‘badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!’, realize that the film also now co-stars martial artists extraordinaire Collin Chou (The Matrix Reloaded, Flashpoint) and Wu Jing (Sha Po Lang AKA Killzone).
Twitch reports the film will have a promo at the European Film Market. | Check out an advance promotional poster for the film. Thanks to the tireless heroes at Martial Arts Action Cinema for the story. | It’s not much here’s the first image of Jet Li from the film. Thanks to M.M.A.C.
M.M.A.C. has a collage of sorts for the film, featuring one new image of Jet Li as well as what looks like a low-resolution version of an early promotional poster. Thanks, guys!
Here’s a legitimate version of the trailer. Martial Arts Movie Junkie has some high-quality images as well. No more bootleg quality! Looks like the movie is actually something of an action/comedy. | Check out the unusual new poster, which announces the film’s Chinese release date of June 28th, 2013, but seems to go out of its way to exclude Jet Li.
BREAKING NEWS: Variety reports that Well Go USA acquired North American rights to the film at Cannes, so we can look forward to a quality Blu-ray/DVD/On Demand release of the film in the future. Also, don’t miss the second trailer for the film.