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quietearth [Celluloid 03.31.08] movie news action drama

The production company, Hippopotamus Films, just dropped us a line to let us know they finally have a couple of teaers available, and both are laden with some very tight martial artistry! Wushu is a feel-good coming of age story with Jackie Chan executive producing, Anthony Szeto directing, and starring Sammo Hung. We'd reported on this back in January and I'd been eagerly awaiting seeing some footage because it's described thast this will show "rarerly seen martial arts training in China". Full synopsis and teasers after the break!

"A modern day martial arts coming-of-age feel-good drama, Wushu features rarely seen training of young martial artists in China. Set in an actual 3,000 student strong martial arts school in a remote part of Shandong, China, Wushu tells the story of Li Er - a talented teenage sanda fighter (Chinese kickboxing) who falls in love with a beautiful girl training in wushu (a martial arts form practiced by international action star, Jet Li). In order to woo her, Li Er goes against his coach’s desire to make him the provincial sanda champion, and takes up wushu instead. Li Er struggles with losing his sanda champion status to becoming a no body in wushu competition, while at the same time he tries to get his girl to notice him and not getting kicked out of school for his poor marks. Wushu will show real life martial arts, starring talented young martial artists, in their actual stark yet exotic location. The total budget for this beautiful and up lifting fight film is US$1.5million."

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