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‘Matrix’ Choreographer to Make Hollywood Directorial Debut

Yuen Woo-ping Hollywood Debut
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Yuen Wo-ping has been a staple of Chinese and Hong Kong cinema for decades, choreographing (and sometimes directing) countless action films, from Jackie Chan’s ‘Drunken Master’ to Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.’ Recent years have seen his talents being put to use in the West, where he choreographed the action Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’ films and the ‘Matrix’ trilogy. Now, he’s set to direct his first Hollywood film.

Titled ‘Vigilantes: The Lost Order,’ the film is the first in a proposed franchise (of course). According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is being described as “The Matrix meets Wall Street” and “…centers on a female assassin whose efforts to avenge her father’s murder lead her to uncover a conspiracy in the world of international high finance.” An action movie with an ass-kicking female protagonist and a message about modern economics? Ah, modern cinema!

Yuen is currently working on Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’, but he’ll presumably tackle ‘Vigilantes: The Lost Order’ after that, probably sometime in 2013. As little as we know about this project, the chance to see one of the icons of martial arts cinema make his Hollywood debut is an exciting prospect.

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