20 Oct – Riding on the success of several Wing Chun-themed movies such as "Ip Man", "Ip Man 2" and "The Legend Is Born: Ip Man", Hong Kong's Phaedra Pictures Ltd. and Malaysia's New Pro Star Sdn. Bhd announced their upcoming project, a comedy titled "I Love Wing Chun" recently. The movie will also be the first project for both production houses, where they will collaborate to produce 10 movies in six years.
"I Love Wing Chun" boasts an array of casts from Hong Kong, China and local stars such as comedian Natalis Chan Pak Cheung ("Adventure Of The King"), Yuen Wah ("Australia"), Yuen Qiu ("My Kung Fu Sweetheart"), China's Olympic gold medallist diver-turned-actor Tian Liang ("The Fantastic Water Babes"). As for the Malaysian casts, singer Vinx Lim Yi Xin, Lai Meng ("Money No Enough 2") as well as radio deejays Gan Mei Yan, Jeff Chin, Royce Tan, Vivian Tok and Angel Wong Chui Ling. "I Love Wing Chun" will be shot entirely in Malaysia, and filming is scheduled to commence in November 2010.
During the press conference for the movie, director Lex Choi Lik reveals that the movie will have a special setting, where a 'Wing Chun Street' will be set up in Malacca. "We'll have Wing Chun Bak Kut Teh, Wing Chun Mahjong, Wing Chun Chicken Rice, Wing Chun Sauna, the whole works! It's all created for Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu to showcase their humor side."
Newcomer Tian Liang was equally excited to be involved in this project, as this will be his first lead role since his last movie "The Fantastic Water Babes". "I've always wanted to try out kung fu roles, and I hope to incorporate them with my diving skills. I'm looking forward to learn martial arts from Yuen Wah!"
"I Love Wing Chun" tells the story of Ah Yip, a young man who grew up in a sugarcane plantation in Malacca. Having raised by an old couple, Ah Yip was taught kung fu since he was young, without telling him that he was learning Wing Chun! One day, Ah Yip was summoned to Kuala Lumpur by a wealthy businessman, raising suspicions from the businessman's family.
"I Love Wing Chun" is tentatively slated for release early 2011.