From top-selling artist to blockbuster leading man to blockbuster director, Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou has proven over the last eight years that he can do no wrong when it comes to moving units. After awards and accolades for his 2007 directorial debut Secret
, Chou stays in front of the camera for his latest offering, the glossy basketball youth film Kung Fu Dunk
. Released over the Lunar New Year to hefty box office receipts, this film is loosely based on the popular manga Slam Dunk
, but with an added kick of kung fu fun choreographed by award-winning action director Ching Siu Tung (Hero, The Warlords
). A well-known basketball and martial arts enthusiast himself, Chou struts his skills and then some more, thanks to gravity-defying CGI assistance. Hong Kong veteran Eric Tsang co-stars as a sinewy agent, along with Wilson Chen (Blue Gate Crossing
) and Twins' Charlene Choi (Simply Actors
), looking cute as a button as Chou's romantic interest.
Abandoned as an infant, Fang Shi Jie (Jay Chou) grew up in a martial arts school and has acquired himself some impressive fighting skills. He can also throw with amazing accuracy, a talent that grabs the attentions of con man Zhen Li (Eric Tsang). Unwittingly pulled into Zhen's hustling plans, Fang crosses the wrong people and gets kicked out of his martial arts school. Zhen then enrolls Fang into First University in hopes of turning him into a basketball star. After some quick training, Fang and team are tearing through the league to the championships, but some foes from Fang and Zhen's past have money staked on the game, and they're more than willing to play dirty to get their way.
Kung Fu Dunk is directed by Kevin Chu Yen Ping, Taiwan's commercial cinema champion of the 1980s and 90s with films like No Sir and Young Policemen in Love, not to mention Hong Kong wackfests like Flying Dagger. With Chu at the helm, Kung Fu Dunk lives up to its Lunar New Year film slot with some flighty, nonsensical comedy that wears its heart and silliness on the sleeve. Veteran actors Eddy Ko and Kenneth Tsang make welcome appearances, as well as Ng Man Tat and Leung Ka Yan who readily ham it up as kung fu masters.
This release comes with the following special features: Interview with Director, Cast, and Crew Behind-the-Scenes Footage Trailer Photo Gallery