A Still from The Thousand Faces of Dunjia
A Still from The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017)

Legendary Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director Yuen Woo-ping, who has been associated with films like the Matrix trilogy, the Kill Bill movies, Kung Fu Hustle, Once Upon A Time In Shanghai and Ip Man 3, is back with a Mandarin-language fantasy-wuxia film called The Thousand Faces of Dunjia.

The mind-bending posters for the film had been doing the rounds for some time, and a very short tantalizing teaser has just come out well in time for its December 15 release. The new film stars Aarif Lee (Kung Fu Yoga), Ni Ni (The Warriors Gate), Da Peng (I Am Not Madame Bovary), Zhou Dongyu (Run for Love) and Wu Bai (Mrs K). Basketball star Sun Mingming will also be seen trying out his acting chops. The Thousand Faces of Dunjia has been co-produced and written by another influential Chinese filmmaker Tsui Hark (The Taking of Tiger Mountain, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon), adding to its premium credentials.

Two Posters for The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017)
Two Posters for The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017) (Source: Film Combat Syndicate)

The film, based on Yuen’s own 1982 martial arts fantasy comedy The Miracle Fighters, is set during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1126 CE), and features a group of martial arts warriors coming together to secretly protect the human race from evil outer space creatures and the potential of a great calamity. Yuen has stated that apart from sharing the Chinese title (Qi Men Dun Jia), the remake is an attempt to tell the story in a completely different manner and redefine the form of the wuxia film. Based on the filmmaking power attached to the project, we can’t wait to check out this combination of traditional martial arts with science and aliens.

The Thousand Faces of Dunjia has been produced by Le Vision Pictures, Acme Image, Beijing Jinhui Yinghua and Star Century Picture. The China release date for the film is December 15, 2017. Another eagerly-awaited Yuen Woo-ping project is the Max Zhang starring Ip Man 3 spinoff.

(Source: China.org.cn, Far East Films)