Andy Lau, Sammo Hung reunite in action thriller
POPULAR Hong Kong singer-actor Andy Lau and martial arts hero Sammo Hung are reuniting in The Bodyguard, their first film since the action epic Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon eight years ago.
The Bodyguard is slated to be released in China on April 1. It narrates the story of a retired special force officer's return to action in the streets as he looks to rescue a kidnapped young girl from his neighbourhood.
"It is an unlikely action thriller," 67-year-old Hung, who is also the film's action director, told reporters in Beijing recently.
Lau, 55, also a producer of the new film, said the emotional element of The Bodyguard would distinguish it from traditional "cold-blooded" thrillers, featuring criminal gangs.
The new action flick bears a resemblance to Luc Besson's 1994 hit Leon: The Professional.
As the Chinese film's story is set in a small town along the country's border with Russia, most of the scenes were shot in north-east China's Heilongjiang province and the coastal Russian city of Vladivostok.
Edko, a Hong Kong-based studio that produced the country's biggest box-office success, Monster Hunt, is the new film's main producer.
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