Kong Fu Man
Kungfu Hero/Kong Fu Man, directed by Ning Ying and Yuen Cheung Yan, starring Tiger Chen, Jiang Meng Jie, Vanessa Branch, Andre McCoy, Tan Qiao, Lin Shen, etc. has wrapped up filming in late January. On his blog, Tiger Chen expresses his gratitude to all those involved for their hard work. He also reiterates that Kungfu Hero and Tai Chi Tiger are two separate and distinct works, though the latter is often mistaken as the previous incarnation of Kungfu Hero.
Vanessa Branch, who plays the kidnap mastermind, says that there were plenty of dangerous scenes in the film, “When shooting the cliff scene, the director told us to sit inside the jeep, and then the jeep was suspended by the cliff side with a crane, this is not something we would do in US. It was very exciting but precarious, and also very meaningful. It was the most unforgettable shoot in my life.
“The Chinese are very hardworking and able to take hardships, they work everyday, nonstop. In US, we only work 5 days. The stuntmen are very manly, I respect them very much for their commitments, they are unaffected by fatigue and rigours, working their fingers to the bone. They are also very caring and gentlemanly.”
Andre “Chyna” McCoy, who plays a professional killer hired by Vanessa Branch, says, “Since working with Tiger Chen on The Matrix, I learned that he also had a dream to shoot his own movies, not being a martial arts director, or stuntman, but a film that truly belong to him. To realise this dream, he has been persevering for many years, now that production on his first film is underway, I’m very happy for him – from the bottom of my heart.”
Andre McCoy feels that Tiger Chen’s action scenes are very outstanding, with the major highlight being the fight between he and Tiger Chen. Tiger Chen comes from China, and does Chinese kungfu, while he is from US, and specialises in boxing and wrestling. The battle between two different styles is very unique, containing many special sequences to look out for.
Andre continues, “I was most drawn by the plot, and also the scene at Mt Kungfu, we were driving and fighting inside a car, very exhilarating. Another scene at Mt Kungfu has to do with Tiger Chen turning into Superman in the eyes of the kidnapped US kid, and hauling the jeep up the cliff, this is fantastic too.”
Often, director Yuen Cheung Yan would poke fun at Andre McCoy, whether it was a good or bad take, Yuen Chueng Yan would just tell him, “Chyna, this won’t do!” He would keep laughing and shaking his head, cracking up everyone on the set.
Once, they were filming Yuen Cheung Yan, who has a role in the film too, carrying the kidnapped kid in a bamboo basket strapped on his back entering a shopping centre when Yuen Cheung Yan accidentally tripped at the entrance. Andre McCoy’s first reaction was to yelp, “Director Yuen, this won’t do!” Everyone had a hearty laugh. Chuannei Entertainment, Enorth