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Stephen Chow = Bruce Lee's WAY OF THE DRAGON!! It'll Star Chow, Jack Black, And Anne Hathaway!?

Merrick here...
If you're like me & you've been wondering what Stephen Chow was up to after jumping away from THE GREEN HORNET (I'm not being facetious - I actually have been wondering this) - here's you answer courtesy of THIS REPORT from ChannelNewsAsia. TAI CHI will star Chow, Jack Black and Anne Hathaway - it's a film whose development has been painstakingly tweaked by Chow, who'll also direct.
The Hong Kong actor-director had been very quiet after releasing "CJ7" in 2008 and even pulled out from the high-profile "The Green Hornet" due to unspecified reasons, but his upcoming film "Tai Chi" looks set to make a splash in Hollywood. The film will be Chow's directorial and acting debut in Tinseltown. [EDIT] "Tai Chi" will be based on the 1972 film "Way of the Dragon" starring Bruce Lee. It tells the story of a Chinese migrant in the US (played by Chow) who works as a dishwasher in Chinatown and hides his skills as a Tai Chi master. He is forced to stand up to gangsters who oppress his fellow migrants and later gets invited to start martial arts schools to share his knowledge.
You can find a few more details through the link above. In case you're not familiar with the original (Bruce Lee-directed) iteration of this concept, here's a sequence from the film featuring Lee vs Chuck Norris:
There've been whispers that a project of this nature might be in the wind for Chow, but this is the most conclusive evidence yet (including the report's citation of a June start date and $60 million budget) that it's actually gonna happen. I love Stephen Chow's work and I can't wait to see how this turns out...even if this is a remake of sorts (just how much of a remake it actually is remains to be seen)...which I don't normally support in any way...I just want me some new Chow stuff...which is admittedly neurotic.
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  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by Foomas


  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by Foomas


  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    this is a spoof right, not a remake?

    by food_fight

    I thought Tai Chi was sortof the yoga of martial arts.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Not sure

    by reaper28

    Can't wait, although I'd like to see this with more action and less comedy (if that's possible) with him.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Is Michael Bandy going to be in this, he has skillz!!

    by Vulcan_CSC_Rep

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Love that LOLCat in the clip.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    was CJ7 a flop?

    by ominus

    everybody was talking about KF Hustle and Shaolin Soccer,but no word about CJ7 although it came out 2 years

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    One question

    by gameforall


  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by johnnyraincheck

    Way of the Dragon took place in Italy, and he wasn't some dishwasher hiding his skillz, he was brought there to fight off the mob But I love Steve Chow, so I'm looking forward to it

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Got the rest of the cast right here.

    by SID 8.0

    For the Wolfman Jack looking guy Kevin Smith. For the skinny brother who wanted chinese spare ribs Chris Tucker. For the guy who looked like Q-Tip's daddy, Q-Tip. For the chief bad guy's right hand man James Hong. And for the Chuck Norris part,stay with me here Chuck fucking Norris. Now we've got ourselves a movie.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    gamerforall i think Holywood is trying to bring back

    by ominus

    <p>the same with this remake.They know that the original movie apart from its fantastic star and his action scenes,was so unwatchable that it is funny.So they will make this remake with good action but the funny but campy elements of the original one,will be replaced with the humor of Jack Black. <p>they did similar things with Green Hornet and Kung Fu Panda.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    even when hollywood makes a right move

    by ORIONgods

    getting Stephen Chow, they fuck it up with jack black... really do we want to see jack black fighting stephen Chow

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    He comes to Hollywood and the first thing he does is a fucking movie with Jack Fucking Black!? FOR SHAME MR. CHOW!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Who's gonna play the Gay Chinese gangster dude?

    by lprothro

    and I agree, that one goon was basically a dead ringer for Kevin Smith. Who in god's name would have those guys working for them as henchman? I don't see the point in remaking a film with virtually no point. If you can't resurrect Lee and rejuvenate Norris, just call it something else. Their fight was the film's only selling point, after all.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Make a Film About Norris' Hairy Shoulders...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...God, those things are disgusting.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    well they can use the Avatar film technology

    by ominus

    to creat a CGI Bruce Lee. <p>btw since we are talking about him,funny pic: <p>

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    ...what the fuck? That guy is a fucking joke...just a bright fucking orange, exercise sex-toy chair selling has been.<P>Way to defile a classic Hollywood.<P>Good fucking job.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    fuck Jack Black...

    by Nuking the Fridge

    Can't stand that guy ever since he blew his portrayal of Carl Denham in Peter Jackson's King Kong.<p>Love Stephen Chow though, I wish he could make a grand U.S debut that is worthy of his talents.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    ...they should call it TONGUE OF THE FATMAN...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...anyone remember that game?<P>Anyone?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Jack Black

    by Hipshot

    It wasn't Black's fault he was lousy in Kong. It was Jackson's fault for casting him. Jack Black just did what Jack Black always does. Its up to the producer to collect the right cast for the parts. As long as they don't ask him to do what he can't do, it should be fine.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    And if he's really gonna fight them with tai-chi

    by lprothro

    ...those are gonna be some really slow fight scenes. Although that is basically all Carradine did on the Kung fu series.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    johnnyraincheck, then they should call it something else

    by gameforall

    Stop leeching off the original.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    lprothro Chow will probably use a lot of CGI

    by ominus

    and wire kung fu,just like he did in his previous films.dont expect a 'real' tai chi fight.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Yes! Finally America fathom the greatness that is

    by Sardonic

    Stephen Chow. I'm psyched, you should be too, unless you're a douchebag.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Ughh, you're probably right Ominus...

    by lprothro

    that's why I'm a Tony Jaa fan.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    CHOW vs Seagal & Van Damme at the same time!

    by ChezKing

    Now that would be hilarious and fun to watch! Chow beating the living crap out of the both of them at the same time!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    This is either going to be

    by Cinemanimetal

    Completely what the fuck were they thinking wrong or totally fucking kick ass! With Chow usually bringing the goods I am optimistic about this one and am looking forward to it!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I Don't Like The Jack Black Casting!!!

    by Media Messiah

    A Tai-Chi is a part of martial arts, but it is an exercise that perpares the body ala Chi energy work. Maybe that is the take here, to show that Chi, ala Tai-Chi, is essential to the fighting form of martial arts as far as enhancing, or well rounding, one's abilities in Gung-Fu?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Media Messiah

    by arctor

    there are a number of form of Tai-Chi one of which is for combat/defence

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Jack Black+Seth Rogan+Asian Stars=Shit

    by picardsucks

    Or Fat annoying nebbish slacker A + Fat Annoying nebbish slacker B + talented Asian personality = smelly steaming running poop. Stephen Chow is more than talented and famous enough to carry an Amero-centric film without fat sweaty slacker wisecracking sidekicks.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Tai Chi is for exercise, not combat...

    by fanboy71

    leading me to believe this A)must be a spoof, B) will suck, or C) all of the above.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Why Ann Hathaway in everything now? Fuck her boney ass!

    by Orionsangels

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Agreed. Chow should stick to making his films in China.

    by Ecto-1

    His films are ace. There's no way I want to see him be put through the hollywood grinder. Just look at John Woo.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    T'ai Chi vs. T'ai Chi Chuan

    by Sent From My Verizon Wireless Black Narcissus

    Actual T'ai Chi IS a genuine martial art, although it is quite rare these days to find it taught by anyone who knows the practical combat aspects.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Don't care what's happening, as long as...

    by Jubal_Early

    ...there are REAL martial arts sequences; no CGI, no ropes, no other kinds of special/camera FX, just good choreography and atmosphere. This generation desperately needs to be reminded that martial arts aren't fake, they are real, and real people know how to do them. I've been training for 15 years, I'm an instructor now, and in the last 5 years I've seen a slow progression of people who think that martial arts are either "beat-down" (thanks UFC) or they are some mystical thing only useful if you happen to be in the Matrix. Kids especially are missing out on Chan-style sequences. I'm 29, I mainly teach adults, but the kids classes we have...well, let's just say you see a whole lotta quit in these kids when they aren't either beating someone on the ground on day 1 (again, thanks UFC) or learning special but meaningless flips on day 1. They're not exposed to the old-style training sequences that were in many films, which allowed a person to know the time and discipline necessary to achieve those skills, and to be able to do any of them without yourself being beat down. I could go all day on this rant, but I'll control myself...we're all just floating...

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Jubal_Early

    ...Shaolin Soccer and Kung-fu Hustle were hysterical, and the FX there lent to the comedy, so I understand that there are exceptions.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Hughes Brothers ARE MAKING AKIRA!

    by theycallmemrtibbs's%20Entertainment%20and%20Culture%20Blog)

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Im a huge Chow fan

    by raidahguy

    Hopefully the U.S gets his work. Hes a true genius. Im not a big fan of remakes, but with Chow Im hoping for the best. CJ7 was a solid movie and if theres anyone who loves movies and doesnt own Kung Fu Hustle, than you should be ashamed!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Jack Black?

    by christpunchers2007

    Man, might as well bring in Chris Tucker too!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    "Say man! Do you have any Chinese Spare Ribs?"

    by Tacom

    "You mean you don't know what Chinese Spare Ribs are? Well let me tell you man..."

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by kikuchiyoboy

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    The Chuck Norris character should be played by--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    --Chuck Norris. The man doesn't age, he only pretends to so the rest of us don't feel so bad.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    or he can be played by David Carradine or maybe even

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Roy Disney.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Who is going to play the zooming cat?

    by Dingbatty

    They should remake "They Call Me Bruce?"

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Chuck could've play Harry from Harry

    by Dingbatty

    and the Hendersons without a suit. They need to cast a sasquatch in this remake for his role.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway is cute but she's no Nora Miao!

    by Tacom

    Nora Miao was hot as fuck in WAY OF THE DRAGON.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    404 ERROR

    by Anything But Tangerines

    This site is CRUMBLING before my eyes!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Sidestepping the eventual bomb that is the Green Hornet

    by CrainiorJr

    is a great career decision for Chow. Why did Gondry sign on with Seth Rogen and a forgettable property like the Green Hornet? Stephen Chow is creatively better than the lot of them. He needs to have full creative directorial control.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by REDD

    looked good in Bruce's earlier films..The Big Boss (Fist of Fury) and Fist of Fury (The Chinese Connection).

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    How long till H'wood recasts Chow

    by Chief Joseph

    with a white guy?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    error 404?? Can a nigga get a talkback, Harry Knowles???

    by CrainiorJr

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    This sounds more like...

    by ShannyBoy

    a remake of the Jet Li movie 'The Master' than 'Way (Return) Of The Dragon' Even though that movie IS kinda just a rehash of the 'Way Of The Dragon' concept.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    sounds fuckin stupid

    by MacReady452

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    My life is incomplete!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I think the corner animation is fucking this site

    by MacReady452

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    stay calm Vader. Drink this whole bottle of JD

    by MacReady452

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Hey, Mac, Hey!!! JD was made to be shared....

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Especially in times of Disaster...AICNAGEDDON-2!!!

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    i have more than one ya go.

    by MacReady452

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I also can't read anything

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Mac....that goes down smooth at the end o' civilization.

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I'm sure it's been said...


    But this film is better known in America as RETURN OF THE DRAGON.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    But, feel free to say it again anyway, Marcel..

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Arctor: Really???

    by Media Messiah

    I did not know that, thank you for the information.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    he sucks.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by SykoeEnt

    Man... that's freaking gross... soooo hairy... It's like Bruce was fighting Chewbacca or something...

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow's Kung Fu

    by MrMajestic

    Actually to those bitching about Chow's use of wires and FX in his fights, that's basically for the comedy and general wackiness. He's a huge fan of Bruce Lee and a genuine practitioner of Jun Fan. Just look at the opening of the last fight in Kung Fu Hustle when he's taking on the Axe Gang. Look at the footwork and movement, textbook JKD. This will be a labour of love for Chow. I'm stoked!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    frank black > jack black

    by alice133

    lewis black > jack black

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    HHHHAAAA!!! Alice...

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    can't wait

    by KHjLL

    to see TAI CHI

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Ah...someone figured something out

    by MacReady452

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by Clean_Vageena

    Ha Ha! He said wind like a farty vageena!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    You Mean...Never Been Island!!!

    by Media Messiah

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    I've very pumped for this.

    by hallmitchell

    Great pitch.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:15 a.m. CST

    isn't tai chi all movements and stuff

    by Potatino

    the thing you see old people doing. Either this story is a big ol' fake or its a parody/comedy. Either way doesn't sound like a remake. Nice lake of research Merrik. You are an ace reporter.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris jokes can't exist

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Bruce Lee beat the shit out of that hairy white ape, thus negating all those stupid fucking Chuck Norris jokes.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST


    by StonedWriter88

    that his greatest film role is a character who gets beaten by bruce lee. and that one is true.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    im excited for this

    by StonedWriter88

    kung fu hustle is one of my favorite movies, an awesome blend of action and comedy that felt fresh. i have high hopes for this one.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    my lake of spelling

    by Potatino

    yay! I'm an ace speller! ... ahem

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu Hustle was hilarious...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but CJ7 was hideous.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    For all who rag on Chuck Norris....

    by Damned if I can login

    ...about his age, or being a "has-been"...<p>Tell ya what - when any of you pathetic Mama's-basement dwelling dweebs hit 70 (and you'll get there eventually) look in the mirror if it's wide enough, and answer this:<p>Was I ever - *ever* - in my entire disgusting life, even one atom as cool as Chuck Norris still is at 70?<p>Nope. And call me every dirty name in the book if ya want, but all the flames in the world won't make this any less true.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    A Peek at His Fighting and Comedy Skills

    by NeuroTrash Well, chow is a bit older now than back then, but he is the real deal in action/comedy.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Oops Wrong Link Here It Is

    by NeuroTrash The other one was from Tai Chi Master

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Jack Black has worn out his welcome.

    by blackmantis

    Was a fan of Tenacious D and the Showtime show, and loved School of Rock, but I think he's reached the limit of his shtick.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris sucks.

    by The Garbage Man

    He has always sucked. He will always suck. Chuck Norris is a mobius strip of suck, a single continuous loop of sucking with no end. <p>What has happened is that a small group ironically attributing greatness to Norris (damn you, Conan!) for the purpose of comedy has confused the masses into genuinely believing Chuck is anything more than a walking, shilling, shitty-acting joke of a man. Get the fuck up and deal, people! The Norris Fallacy must end!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    I hear what you're saying Garbage Man but fuck you.

    by Tacom

    Delta Force and Invasion USA ftw.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by The Garbage Man

    "Walker: Texas Ranger" and acting classes ftl.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    The basement-dwelling accusation is getting tired.

    by Dingbatty

    I happen to prefer living in an attic.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Cool does NOT = great actor

    by Damned if I can login

    No correlation there.<p>Tons of ultra-cool folks couldn't act their way out of a paper bag, and another ton of great actors ain't cool worth shite.<p>Next?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Noooo. Not Jack Black!!!

    by TheWaqman

    Should have starred Chow himself. Or at least somebody less annoying than Black.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Excited a bit except for the casting.

    by Violator90

    Stephen Chow is way smarter than those fuckheads suits in Hollywood and I really doubt that he’s going to make a rehash. Instead it’s going to be a satire or parody. Hell, he was smart enough to get off a sinking ship that is THE GREEN HORNET, so I’m excited about this movie. Though Jack Black being in it does make me nervous a bit, but I bet those fucking suits that put him in. <p> Van Damn vs. Tony Jaa, then have Chow pop in towards the end and have in beat them both with the Buddhist Palm.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    When you make a living acting,

    by The Garbage Man

    being at least a decent actor is generally considered a plus. I agree with you, though - being cool and being a good actor aren't necessarily related. This is why Daniel Day Lewis doesn't feel Michael Jordan breathing down his neck. <p>And, IMO, Norris is in no way cool. When I watch his old movies I don't think, "Wow I'd like to hang out with that ultra-cool guy," I think, "That hairy ginger's got some moves but jesus, what a honky." And when I watch his current interviews I think the man's got zero clue what the Chuck Norris Facts are really about and zero clue about much of anything in particular. "Cool" never once enters the Norris equation.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Jack Black was the worst in Tropic Thunder

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    it's weird how the funny fat guy can be the worst but lo and behold it was actually done.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Is it a comedy? Jack Black doesnt really tell me anything...

    by SlimButNotreally

    I mean, Jack Black isn't funny, so I'm not sure that him being in the movie reveals that it will be a comedy. OH SNAP, DID YOU SEE THAT? I totally just pwned Jack Black!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Jack Black...

    by Baryonyx

    ...was not very good in King Kong (come to think of it, King Kong wasn't very good anyway.)

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    (500) DAYS OF BRUCE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Bruce: "So ... you're married." <P> Summer: "Yeah. Crazy, huh?" <P> Bruce: *Delivers back spin kick* ... "Dragon whips tail!"

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    So wait...Jack Black is the Chuck Norris character?

    by MrMysteryGuest