After a six-month break forced by a serious horse-riding injury, Andy Lau is back with the treasure-hunt action drama The Adventurers, set to release in China on August 11. Directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, House of Fury), the film boasts of an international star cast of Shu Qi (The Assassin), Zhang Jingchu (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Tony Yang (Where the Wind Settles), Eric Tsang (Ip Man: The Final Fight) and Jean Reno.
Loosely based on the 1991 John Woo action comedy Once a Thief, the film follows a trio of thieves led by Lau’s Cheung Tan, who hatch a plot to steal precious jewels in Europe. Reno is the very imaginatively named French detective Pierre, who has been hot on Cheung Tan’s trail for many years. Thrown into the mix are a criminal mastermind played by Tsang and Cheung Tan’s scorned ex-girlfriend played by Jingchu, and a game of cat and mouse across Europe ensues.
Lau and Fung also serve as co-producers for the film, with additional support from companies like Alibaba Pictures, Infinitus Entertainment, Flagship Entertainment, and Milk and Honey Pictures. Release dates for Hong Kong and Singapore are August 24 and August 31, respectively. The North America distribution rights for the film have been bagged by Well Go USA, with the release date yet to be announced.
Interestingly, this is the second film with this title starring Andy Lau. The earlier film, which has no direct relation with the new The Adventurers, apart from the leading star of course, was an action flick directed by Ringo Lam and came out in 1995.