Donnie Yen is about to become a new kind of “Dragon”.
Out doing promotion for his upcoming crime drama Chasing the Dragon, Yen and Wong Jing practically shocked the martial arts film world when they announced their next collaboration will be a remake of an underrated classic!
The classic they are remaking? Enter the Fat Dragon! For those who are unfamiliar with this film, the original film was released in 1978 and was directed, choreographed, and starred Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung as a Bruce Lee-fanatic who has practiced his idol’s skills to near perfection when he is called upon to leave his farmland to help his family from a gang of thugs in the big city of Hong Kong.
One of the highlights of the film includes Hung beating the heck out of a Bruce Lee-impersonator, played by Tony Leung Siu-Hung, on the set of a Bruceploitation film, and it may have caused some controversy as well in the form of Lee Hai-Sheng decked out in blackface to play an African-American karate expert.
Regardless, the film is hailed as one of Sammo’s best kung fu comedies and it was announced with the remake that it will be Yen playing the Hung role, which means he will be wearing a suit to make him look heavier. Just like the commercial below (Thanks to M.A.A.C. for the link):
Yen has quite a full plate in terms of his schedule. Along with this film, he is set to begin shooting on Ip Man 4 in March of next year, and is set to play undercover cop Wei Shen in the live-action adaptation of Square Enix’s hit game Sleeping Dogs and the recently announced sequel Flash Point 2.
It is believed that after Yen and Wong will be making Enter the Fat Dragon right before he goes into Ip Man 4.
More as this develops.