Many to this day knows that Jackie Chan is one of the hardest working actors in the global film industry today. As he prepares to begin work next year on his action-drama that will pair him with former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, Chan has had quite a busy Autumn, working on two films virtually at the same time.
In September, Chan went to Dubai to begin production on Kung Fu Yoga, which paired him up with director Stanley Tong in their first film in nearly twenty years. Thanks to the crew at Super Chan’s Jackie Chan blog, both a concept poster (above) and a plot synopsis has been revealed:
Jack (Jackie Chan), a renowned professor of archeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an, teams up with beautiful Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra to locate India’s lost Magadha treasure in Tibet. Jack’s assistants Xiaoguang and Nuomin accompany them. They are later joined by Jones Lee, whose father was Jack’s old friend. Using various new clues and GPS, the group locates the lost Magadha army that had escorted the treasure in ancient times, buried in an ice cave that has been hidden for centuries. They are suddenly ambushed by Randall, a descendant of a rebel army leader who claims a right to the royal treasure. During the scuffle, Jones snatches a large diamond from the cave and flees, leaving Jack and his team trapped inside the frozen cave. Using yoga breathing techniques, Jack and Ashmita escape the cave through an icy river, returning to free the others. Defeated, Ashmita and Kyra return to India; Jack, Xiaogang and Nuomin travel to Dubai where the diamond is being auctioned. Although Jack secures the diamond, it is snatched by Randall leading to a daring car chase in which Ashmita secures it on a passing motorbike and vanishes. Realizing that the professor is not who she claims to be, Jack, his team and Jones fly to India. Ashmita and Kyra are in fact sisters and descendants of Magadha royalty, who wish to restore their family name. Jack agrees to help them again. When Jones and Kyra are kidnapped, Jack and Ashmita travel to the Sacred Mountain to unlock the treasure…
The film co-stars Sonu Sood, Lay Zhang of pop band EXO, Miya Muqi, Tiger Shroff, and Aarif Rahman. Jackie shot his scenes in Dubai before heading off to Shenyang in late October to begin work on another film. Meanwhile, Tong and crew continued production without Chan and begin shooting their scenes in China.
The second film Chan began is Railroad Tigers, which reunites him with Police Story: Lockdown helmer Ding Sheng and his co-star from 2001’s The Accidental Spy, Eric Tsang. Alan Ng, a longtime member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, posted this on-set photo from his Weibo account:
The film involves a group of freedom fighters in 1941 evading the Japanese via train to bring food to the poor.
Chan is set to wrap up Railroad Tigers in Shandong on December 31, then head to India to complete production on Kung Fu Yoga. In a recent interview, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood had nothing but praise and was impressed with how Chan treated everyone on the set and was even more impressed with his work ethic. Sood said he plans to be Chan’s guide in India and give him the same respect Chan had given him during their time in Dubai.
Look out for both Kung Fu Yoga and Railroad Tigers, both starring Jackie Chan in 2016. Also look out for Chan in Skiptrace, which has been pushed back from its original December 24 release date to 2016 as well (perhaps due to the overwhelming popularity of Ip Man 3, to be released that same day?).