Supernatual martial arts manga/anime hit Hitori no Shita: The Outcast /Under One Person / 一人之下 is one of several anime to be produced into an live-action. Here’s a glimpse at their martial arts choreography testing that tries to recreate the style of the anime. I’m always skeptical of adaptations but the fighting choreography looks really unique:
Crystal Liu Yifei plays a Song dynasty princess, daughter of a deceased emperor, (she’s got Andy On as her brother) in their upcoming movie Outcast. Pay attention, though – this movie, about crusaders in ancient China, also stars Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen. The movie will be released in China on September 26th, and will be released in America (?) in February. It’s an English language film, but Liu Yifei is still Liu Yifei. Look below the cut for more pictures. (more…)
Joining in the recent trend of Hollywood trying to cater to the Chinese masses
for profit comes Outcast, starring Nicolas Cage, Liu Yifei, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Summer Jikejunyi (of The Voice of China fame), and Andy On. The story seems pretty blandly cliche, centering on a fight for imperial succession between two brothers and a couple of Crusaders who happen to make it into China to help save the day and restore order to what seems like a conveniently vanilla Chinese dynasty. Since this is a Chinese-French-Canadian co-production, I guess at least the release date of this production will be more stable. In the meantime, it would seem that there are already plans for a sequel.
More stills below the cut.
Based on a screenplay by James Dormer (who penned episodes of British TV series Spooks and Strike Back), Outcast revolves around two jaded Crusaders who chose to wander off toward the East, finally arriving in western China, where they become entangled in romance and antagonism with local royalty.
The film is to be made in English, Zhang said, and it will qualify as an official co-production under the guidelines stipulated by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), with Yunnan Film Group providing more than half of the undisclosed budget. The Australian-U.S. Arclight Films will be among the companies involved in the project, he added.