Variety: Philip Ng cast as Bruce Lee in ‘Birth of the Dragon’

'Birth of the Dragon': Philip Ng

Variety (by Dave McNary):

Philip Ng will portray Bruce Lee in martial arts action movie “Birth of the Dragon,” with shooting commencing Tuesday in Vancouver.

Yu Xia will play Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and Billy Magnussen will portray martial arts student Steve McKee. Jinging Qu plays the love interest of McKee’s character and Jin Xing will portray a crime boss. George Nolfi is directing from a script by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, who have writing credits on “Ali” and “Nixon.”

Groundswell Productions is producing the movie.

The film recreates the mid-1960’s fight between Lee and Wong Jack Man from the point of view of McKee. After the fight, Lee reinvented himself and his style of kung fu. Action sequences will be designed by martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen, whose credits include “Lethal Weapon 4,” “X-Men,” “Romeo Must Die” and “The Expendables.”

Lee began appearing in films in the early 1970s before passing away in 1973. Wong remained silent about the fight for many years and retired from teaching martial arts in 2005 after 45 years.

’Birth of the Dragon’ is a rare opportunity to make an action film with rich characters based on real events and real people,” Nolfi said. “It’s a story about people from the East and West transcending their differences to work together, which is obviously a very timely story.

We’re thrilled to be telling one of the great untold stories in martial arts history, especially at this unique moment when China and Western audiences are opening up to each other as never before,” said London. “To work with a Chinese film company like Kylin on a story that has so much significance in China has been a wonderful collaboration, and, we hope, the first of many.”


New Jackie Chan movie trailer (Chinese trailer)

Out this December in China, this is a reboot of Chan’s Police Story flicks, which already got a reboot. The title of this latest one is Police Story (clever). Unlike the previous films, this one is not set in Hong Kong, but rather, it takes place in mainland China. As you watch it, remember Jackie Chan is 59 years old. Fifty-nine!


Korean film: “THE BERLIN FILE” to be released on Region 1 DVD December 24


Korean action auteur Ryoo Seung-wan (CITY OF VIOLENCE, CRYING FIST) delivers his signature style to the East meets West double agent intrigue in the breakneck thriller THE BERLIN FILE (베를린, Bereurlin, 2013) debuting on DVD December 24th from CJ Entertainment. Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean “ghost” agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Caught between his love of country and his wife, he must quickly prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The stellar cast includes Jung-woo Ha (winner of the Best Actor award for this performance at the 2013 Baek Sang Art Awards), Suk-kyu Han (EYE FOR AN EYE), Seung-beom Ryu (PERFECT NUMBER, DOOMSDAY BOOK) and Gianna Jun (THE THIEVES, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN).

A tense illegal arms deal in a Berlin hotel suddenly descends into mayhem after a “ghost” agent named Jong-seong (Ha Jung-woo) appears on the scene. Secretly watching the deal go down is embattled South Korean intelligence chief Jin-soo (Han Suk-Kyu), the North Koreans and the CIA, who are all left trying to decode whether the ghost is a double-agent or taking the fall for a more insidious plot. Myung-soo (Ryoo Seung-bum) a young, notorious North Korean agent jumps into these treacherous waters to investigate loyalties of all involved and begins to implicate Jong-seong’s wife, Jung-hee (Gianna Jun), a translator at the North Korean embassy in the German capital. Caught between his love of country and his wife, Jong-Seong must quickly prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Korean film: “THE BERLIN FILE” to be released on Region 1 DVD December 24