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Father Geek here posting another far east report from Ye Meng, fast becoming the Ozymandias of that part of the world, and I love it. Give us a dozen reporters like Ye and Ozy and AICN will rule the entertainment scooping world. Here's Ye's latest...

Ye is here!

Yesterday, Jackie Chan showed up at a news conference in Hong Kong. During the conference, Ying Huang (?) Film Group announced a plan of making The Higbinders with Jackie Chan next September. As a "Hollywood movie", according to the company, it has the investment of $40 million US (record-breaking in Hong Kong?). Jackie Chan has become a non-executive director of the company. Also, Rush Hour II will officially start its shooting on November 13th in Hong Kong. I apologize for not being able to provide you more info. Looks like the reporters had kept their focus on a rumored scandal involving Jackie Chan and a young girl despite Jackie's "no comment " tactics.

See Jackie Chan at the news conference by: Click Here... And Right Here ... And Also Here

(Sources: Apple Daily & Ming Pao)

At least three projects will keep Tsui Hark busy next year. The first one is a love story with Hong Kong star Leslie Cheung (Farewell, My Concubine) as the leading man. The second one is Xi You Ji (A Journey to the West), which had been planned for many years. Xi You Ji is a centuries old novel with a fantasy tale of a Chinese monk (Tang Seng) and three of his disciples, the Monkey King (Sun Wu Kong), a pig (Zhu Ba Jie) and Sha He Shang, travelling to India for sacred Buddhist books. It is full of stories of gods, monsters, devils and witches. Leslie Cheung will likely play the Monkey King. The third project is Black Mask II without Jet Li.

(Source: the Internet)

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  • Sept. 22, 2000, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Monkey Magic

    by Tids

    So Tsui Hark is to make Xi You Ji, which means a big screen adaptation of the classic TV program "Monkey". (I am assuming this is the case as the description is identical to the show... those crazy monks, eh!!!). Just out of curiosity, big "Monkey" make it all the way to the States?!?!?! It is a cult favourite this side of the pond and truly has to be seen to be believed!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Come out and fight you poofta!

    by Mad Dog

    It'll have to go some to better Monkey as rarely does comedy, martial arts, fish creatures, magic peaches and hilarious dubbing along with the best soundtrack after Starsky and hutch come together to form the ultimate in entertainment. Newly released and Available at if you wanna get em, whoa, I should totally go into marketing. Monkey pissing on Buddas fingers should tempt you into checking them out and stick that on yer poster.

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Xi you ji

    by Eliane

    Tsui Hark is adapting "Xi you ji" to the screen? You've got to be kidding me...

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 3:29 a.m. CST

    The Nature of Monkey was Irrepressible

    by Meat Takeshi

    About time this came to the big screen. Check out the book by Wu Ch'eng-en, fabulously translated and just as enjoyable as the Japanese TV series. Amazing how another cultures religious parables can be so entertaining and relevant. Not only is Monkey a spiritual tale it is a satire of the bureaucracy of heaven and earth. I just hope that this adaptation retains the multiple levels of enjoyment this 16th Century tale brings. I am over excited about this news i must admit.

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 4:22 a.m. CST


    by monkeymagic

    I was gonna make this movie a few years ago. It was gonna be set in Langley, UK with Jackie Chan (Monkey), Dudley Moore (Pigsy), Jim Carrey (Sandy) and that bird from the Golden Child the boy preist. Warners won't give me the money, in fact they wouldn't even let me in the building! Lets hope my next project - "Batman and Robin in the Batmobile" starring Adam West and Burt Ward is a winner!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 4:49 a.m. CST


    by Brian DePalma

    It's hard to recognise good luck. It looks so much like something you've earned!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 5:12 a.m. CST


    by BennyA

    "Monkey was the best TV show ever" - BennyA's TV & Video Proclamations Vol I. Soon all the episodes will be available on VHS in the UK - I've bought half of them already and the episodes get better with each viewing. Such endearing characters, a perfect cast and surprisingly faithful to the book!! Oh yeah, and it is fucking hilarious. What can a feature film possibly make better?

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 5:28 a.m. CST


    by IrishJoe

    the t.v. series was great. worst dubbing ever , amazingly weird characters, great fights and then that theme tune monkey magic du do du monkey magic do du do monkey magic. wouldnt it be great if jackie chan played monkey, jim carrey played pigsy and hugh jackman played sandy with haley joel osmont as the boy priest. paul dini could write it. with john woo directing the fight sequences and robert redford directing the scenes relating to the subplot of monkeys romance with piung yang (shannon elizabeth) and the farrellys directing the comedy parts involving pigsy and two jive talking c3po style robots played by chris rock and eddie murphy. wow that would rock. yeah baby yeah.

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 5:31 a.m. CST

    by IrishJoe

    Sarcasm : See Above

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 5:49 a.m. CST

    troutsniffer : see above

    by Mad Dog

    Sorry couldn't resist.... Anyway. I don't think Jackie could play Monkey, Monkey is mean and doesn't care about noone. It would have to be Sandy played by Jackie, Sammo playing Pigsy and Biao Yuen playing Monkey, it would be like a reunion. Yuen woo ping could direct and the young priest boy could be played by that new bird from Crouching tiger. hmmm. Yea, sounds good.

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 6:24 a.m. CST


    by monkeymagic

    Just called him and he said he would do it but only if they use a cgi Peter Cook as Sandy.

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Leslie Cheung as the Monkey King (?)

    by twindaggerturkey

    While a Tsui Hark Monkey King movie could be wonderful, especially with modern special effects, I'm not sure if Leslie Cheung would be a good Monkey King. I like him a lot but he sure is pretty..His stage show is a lot of prancing and sissy stuff..whereas Sun Wukung is extremely macho. The Monkey should also have a rather grotesque appearance- Of course they can put Leslie in simian makeup, but they might be better off casting someone with less conventional good looks. Stephen Chow of Chinese Odyssey 1 and 2 is the definitive Monkey King, and he always will be, at least for me. (I'm biased of course, you're probably sick of hearing about him.) Despite his (undeserved) reputation for frivolous gags, Chow managed to convey the ferocity of the Monkey and his frustration with his spineless master, the Longevity Monk. Also, Ng Man Tat is the perfect Piggy. That being said, Chinese Odyssey took a LOT of liberties with the novel and sensibly didn't try to condense the whole thing into one movie. It's a very episodic story, so Tsui Hark could focus on an entirely different part. It could be a brilliant movie, I'm just not sure about Leslie Cheung. (This may be just a wierd rumor anyway. ^_^)

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Newest on Jackie's The Highbinder

    by Ye

    It will be shot in Australia, at least partially. Xi You Ji has been on the big and the small screens for many times. The best is the series by China

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Monkey on CCTV

    by nolanliang

    I've read a couple English translations of the book and I have to agree that the CCTV live action Monkey TV show was great. Even those snazy(cheezy) special effects they used from the early 70s seem to work well within the context of the story. I believe the entire series is available right now on VCD. Mayhaps I should snag it.

  • Sept. 23, 2000, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Leslie Cheung? no way....Steve's the man!

    by Plastine

    Wow, another monkey film, its been years since the last one. But Leslie Cheung as Monkey? that takes the piss! Isn't he a bit feminine to play monkey? Stephen Chow, yeah, I agree with one of you, forgot your name now, but he will always be monkey in my eyes as well. I brought both VCD's (chinese odysey 1&2) and still watch them from time to time. Yeah, he is mainly a comedy actor now, but I think, during his earlier films, he was a pretty serious actor and was quite good at it as well. I remember he did another film recently where he wasn't there for laughs, he did alright. he's kinda like the Jim Carrey of HK ain't he? a little? Can't remember these names of the films he did, I can understand chinese, but i can't read it. But anyway, Stephen Chow's monkey was kinda the best I reckon. he had that kinda monkey attitude to him. The CCTV monkey actor, forgot his name, he's been around for years as well, but I find him bloody annoying, the CCTV one stuck to the story quite well though. Second series CCTV monkey wasn't as good as well. Stphen Chow's monkey was really cool because it was stephen chow, so that meant monkey could be real funny when he was, but he could be damn cold blooded and ruthless with a tint of cheekyness added. And the way he moved, it was so animal and monkey type, the way he moved his face and his body movement was spot on! I sound like ive analysed this film....ah well, ok, so the plot of ACO 1&2 was pretty crap, but it was fun to watch and kinda touching, sort of. I mean, the monk was hilarious, trying to be serene and wise, but failing, especially when he was singing "only you...." and then monkey beat the shit out of him. Ok ok, thinking about it, yeah, the story is pretty serious, kinda, with lessons and stuff about life and bullshit like that, but its meant to be told in a fun way, remember the cartoon of monkey? I still have to story book with pictures of that film, first time I ever heard of monkey, I was about 5 or sommit, im now 19. Monkey is still and will always be my favourite character/story/hero? (he's shit hot at kung fu). i don't really have an argument about making another film about it, it would be interesting how it turns out, but still, leslie Cheung? wtf? I reckon it should go to an actor who is relatively new. That would mean that the audience wouldn't think "ah yes, the monkey is gonna be serene/wise/serious/funny in this film", it would be pure monkey personality. the other roles can be given to the stars who can support well. umm..thats enough for my first ever post. I think im talking crap now, argue with me now, i want to know more about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 23, 2000, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by Plastine

    looking back, it looks like im just kinda repeating what twindagger is saying, but still, thats what I wanted to say as well. But Im not as good with remembering the names and describing stuff. ah well....... first time, give me a chance!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2000, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Leslie Cheung as Monkey King? interesting....

    by sinople

    I dunno how prissy/sissy/whatever Leslie Cheung is or isn't suppose to be in his stage show. I don't dig Cantopop. But any actor who can play both Sam Koo in He's A Woman, She's the Man and Ho Po Wing in Happy Together effectively probably could easily handle an ape makeup acting job. And if you think Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing only plays romantic pretty boys need to see A Better Tommorrow 1 and 2, or Double Tap. Stephen Chiau was a great Monkey King in Chinese Odysessy. Pity the story was weak. Chances are this is just sme dumb HK press rumor, like John Woo remaking Butch Cassidy (god please let that just be a rumor...)

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