Chow Yun-Fat is Confucious

chowyunfatScreen Daily has confirmation from Dadi Century Film that Chow Yun-Fat will be starring in its upcoming biopic, Confucious, opposite Chen Daoming (Hero) as Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism and — possibly — Zhou Xun (Painted Skin) as Nan Zi, the wife of Duke Ling of Wei.

Director Hu Mei has been planning it as a two-part film based on eight events from the life of Confucious, who is arguably the most well-known philosopher before Christ.

Monkey Peaches has a little more:

Pu Cunxi, a pretty [well-known] actor in China, recently claimed he read the script and refused to play Confucius. He said the script was bad and portraying Confucius as a martial-artist was ridiculous.

The director Hu strikes back. She said there was 25 editions of the script and it took them two years to develop the final draft. What Pu read was very different from the one given to Chow Yun-Fat. She said the final draft was approved by several historians and every story in it was backed by historical record. She claimed Confucius knew how to drive a cart, how to shoot arrows, and even once commanded a little war. Some historical book describes Confucius as a big guy who was “strong enough to fight a bull.”

The $22 million production starts shooting in Beijing later this month, and is planned for release sometime between end of the year and Chinese New Year (a.k.a. January 26, or something) in 2010.

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 13:06 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by S_A_T_S
    on 2009-03-12 at 11:31

    Very arguably – Socrates and Plato in particualr come to mind, not to mention Aristotle. Sorry, being a History and Philosophy graduate just makes me HAVE to respond to that statement.

    Sounds awesome, I don’t know a lot about Confucious but I respect Chow Yun-Fat as an actor, and am pretty interested in chinese history. Hope it won’t have any kung-fu in though, will really spoil the story.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-03-12 at 12:38

    Fair enough. I might have been better off qualifying that as “most well-known Eastern philosopher” or something, but I suppose Buddha would give him a run for his money, too. Enh, anyway, he’s pretty damn famous.

  3. Written by Tsiwt
    on 2009-03-16 at 03:33

    I’m actually a big fan of Confucius’s writings and philosophies, having studied them in college. However, I have to agree that a movie pitting him as a martial artist sounds pretty silly. If they can keep a tone faithful to his teachings, if not history, then perhaps they can pull it off.

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