Twitch Film has some jaw-dropping news: director Wong Jing (God of Gamblers, Jackie Chan’s City Hunter) and producer Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs, Storm Riders) are uniting Hong Kong legends Chow Yun Fat and Sammo Hung, two men who need no introduction to Cityonfire.com readers, for a new movie.
The film, titled The Last Tycoon, is based on the story of real life crime boss Du Yuesheng, who ruled the Shangai underworld with an iron fist during the 1920′s and 30′s. Twitch notes that Chow Yun Fat previously portrayed Du Yuesheng in The Bund, the television show that launched his career back in the 80′s. In addition, The Last Tycoon is expected to be screened in IMAX in China.
The film also stars veteran Hong Kong actor Francis Ng.
Update: The project is currently being filmed. To add confusion, Wong Jing has apparently decided to release a different movie under The Last Tycoon’s original title Once Upon a Time in Shanghai. Chow Yun Fat has been promoting the film at the Shanghai Film Fest and even posed in costume with the rest of the cast for a photo op.
The production crew of The Last Tycoon threw a wrap-up party recently in Shanghai. Chow Yun Fat stated this was the first time he’d worked with a Hong Kong crew in over 10 years and that the experience was a pleasure. Fat confirms that Sammo Hung is in the film.
A teaser trailer is now online, although be warned that it doesn’t show much of the movie at all. Actor Huang Xiaoming and Chow Yun Fat will play the same character, just in different stages of his life.
A new poster for the film straight out of the Toronto Film Festival. Perhaps even more exciting is this picture of Chow Yun Fat with guns blazing just like the good ‘ol days. While we wait for a full-length trailer for the film, check out some new stills here and here. Check out the new poster, as well as some pictures from the promotional tour.