Production got underway Monday on "Chen Zhen," a martial arts actioner being directed by "Infernal Affairs" co-director Andrew Lau Wai-keung.
Set in 1920s Shanghai, the film features Donnie Yen ("Ip Man," "Highlander: Endgame") as a local resistance fighter who had been taken for dead after a bloody skirmish. After an absence of seven years he returns in disguise to uncover a plot linking the triads and the Japanese.
The film stars Anthony Wong ("Infernal Affairs," " The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor") and Shu Qi ("If You Are The One," "Transporter"). Yen also doubles as action director.
Script and production are by Gordon Chan ("Painted Skin") for Hong Kong's Media Asia and China's Shanghai Film Group through their joint venture alongside Beijing-based Guoli Changsheng and Enlight Pictures as co-producer. Media Asia is also handling international sales and recently scored deals with TF1 for French-speaking Europe and Dream Pictures for Australia and New Zealand.
Filming is near Shanghai and is expected to continue until February.