Save for rather adorable roles in Master of Tai Chi and Young Heroes of Water Margin, Beijing Wushu Team member 寇占文 Kou Zhan Wen has been playing major villains in various productions, such as Fist of Hero, Master Ma 2, matching Ji Chun Hua in terms of ruthlessness and menacing presence.
Most recently, Kou Zhan Wen has had a brief appearance in Fatal Move as a rival gang boss wielding dual weapons. He’s also worked as martial arts director/assistant martial arts director on various occasions such as A Warrior’s Tragedy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Xanda.
That Wu Jing specifically invited his fellow teammate Kou Zhan Wen to lend his help in his directorial debut Legendary Assassin is to present truly scintillating martial arts sequences, “The toughest difficulty when doing a martial arts movie is when you do not have someone who can stand up against you. Hence, I invited my senior to join this production.”
Wu Jing and Kou Zhan Wen even put up a sparkling sparring which won the applause of everyone present.
In Legendary Assassin, Wu Jing plays an enigmatic martial arts exponent, while Kou Zhan Wen plays the antagonist, the crime boss who’s hunting down the Legendary Assassin “Wolf Fang” after he deserted their organisation. The two would have a very gruelling, high octane, and intense ultimate showdown.
Not being happy with just challenging his senior Kou Zhan Wen, Wu Jing also invited 2.08m tall, 150kg Sichuan wrestler Jiang Bao Cheng to join the cast. The two opponents of vastly different class would have a death duel.
While Wu Jing and Nicky Li haven’t decided on ways to deal with this gigantic person, if they would be using gentleness to counter strength, or clashing heads on directly against each other competing in strength, fighting fire with fire, Wu Jing is tending towards the latter, “He’s very big and strong, and fights very well, but I wanna be even stronger and better fighter than he, outclassing him with might, rather than employing softer techniques.”
Would Wu Jing be able to knock out Jiang Bao Cheng? He quips, “Depends on how the director arranges it,” generating a roar of laughter. The host catches on, “Fear not, not matter how it’s arranged, the director wouldn’t let Wu Jing be defeated.”
Alex Fong would be playing a policeman in the film. Originally hoping to have more action scenes, he changes his mind after witnessing Wu Jing’s skills, “I’d better focus on drama scenes, I wouldn’t want to fight Wu Jing, it’s so scary.”
As the female lead, Celin Jade adds a touch of romance to the martial arts film, having a nascent romantic relationship with Wu Jing. Playing a female cop, Celina Jade has to handle action scenes in the film as well. She has been training under Wu Jing for 2, 3 months to prepare for her role. Wu Jing praises Celina Jade for her strong endurance; more often than not, he would throw her down on the concrete floor on purpose, but she never had a word of complaint. Tianjin Evening News