“SHAOLIN” 2011(新少林寺) Movie PRESS PREVIEW
So it has come to pass, that the ever successful 1982 JET LI classic SHAOLIN TEMPLE finally earns a remake.
You just don’t leave good things alone, right?
That’s the name of the game these days, to keep the film industry going, to stay afloat of doldrums.
The buzzword is “re-makes”.
Or you can cleverly guise this as "an old title, a new treatment".
The producers see gold if they can trade new ideas for old. So they pitched the feasibility of this “remake” to the investors, armed with an outstanding cast of A-Listers.
Hence the new SHAOLIN (新少林寺) is born.
It's true blue KUNG FU all the way, and the film director BENNY CHAN has created a new story that focuses on the art of ZEN, a refreshed form of fighting style that stresses on “mind over matter” superseding gory violence.
He laces philosoply behind the fighting.
Chiefly because ANDY LAU is actor, not a fight star like JET LI.
In terms of regional promotions, ANDY LAU and film director BENNY CHAN boisterously arrived in MALAYSIA on January 19 to launch their USD 25 million dollar epic SHAOLIN, amid much fanfare.