Back in May 2008, 《战·无双》 (Skirmish, Peerless) Coweb, an action film by Xiong Xin Xin began production quietly. Filming has already wrapped up and Xiong Xin Xin proceeded to play a cameo role in Butterfly Lovers starring Wu Chun, Charlene Choi and Hu Ge. Coweb stars Jiang Lu Xia, Sam Lee, Kane Kosugi, Cheung Siu Fai and Mike Moller. Joe Ma, Chan Shu Chi are producing the film which is written by Chan Wing Sun.
Xiong Xin Xin says that it wasn’t easy for him to put the film together. He approached several studios for financing only to be turned down. While they approved the script and believed in the feasibility of the film, none was willing to risk investing in a film featuring a complete newcomer. That this film could be realised is thanks mainly to the present investors as well as the support of his friends Joe Ma, Chan Shu Chi and Eric Tsang.
Newcomer 蒋露霞 Jiang Luxia, a finalist of The Disciple reality TV show, plays the lead role as Guangdong wushu coach Nie Yi Yi who gets implicated by a kidnap case in Hong Kong. It’s up to her to battle waves after waves of fighters to rescue her employer and his wife who are kidnapped. Little did she know that her fights are being captured on video and broadcast live via a website which serves as an illegal online gambling den…
Incidentally, Jiang Lu Xia rose to her fame on the web by publishing a series of martial arts shorts showingcasing her skills under the handle 猫耳宝贝 (Kitty Darling).
Jiang Lu Xia developed keen interest in martial arts at the age of 6 under the influence of her uncle. At 7, she began training in martial arts at an Inner Mongolian school. At 11, she left her hometown, travelling to Liaoning, Jiangnan, Beijing, etc. to seek out different masters, incurring countless injuries, as well as winning several medals.
Jiang Lu Xia treats her work with utmost earnestness and impressed everyone on the set right from the first day. Her lethal skills, the expression in her eyes, her perseverance and fighting spirit dominated the set.
Back then, many people told Xiong Xin Xin, “Director, I have a new idol already. I have never seen a girl doing action like her. She will surely make it.”
Like all newcomers who are full of energy, drive and impulse, be it drama or action scenes, Jiang Lu Xia would charge at full strength ahead like a bull, not knowing how to ease off at the appropriate moment, change the pace, or conserve her strength.
After a few takes, Jiang Lu Xia was already covered in bruises. Even her opponents stood in awe of her and balked at the prospect of fighting her. Xiong Xin Xin had to coach her on the movie fighting, on going easy on her opponents.
Coweb is currently in post-production and the official Coweb bilingual website, containing information on the cast and crew, the plot, photos, trailers and film footages (with more to be released in a couple of days), has just been launched.
Coweb is expected to be released later this year.