With a martial arts historical epic making its market premiere at Berlin next month, the Hong Kong helmer aims to renew audience expectations of him beyond his slasher hits "Bride of Chucky" and "Freddy vs Jason.
HONG KONG – When Ronny Yu Yan-tai reaped commercial and critical acclaim with his Jet Li-starring martial arts drama Fearless in 2005, it seems he’s finally broke out of the slasher-filmmaker label foisted on him after his Hollywood forays in Bride of Chucky and Freddy vs Jason.Not quite, he now recalls, as horror-film scripts kept arriving. And he has refrained from saying yes to any of them, leading him to a self-imposed hiatus which was only broken in 2011 when he started production on the Chinese martial-arts historical drama Saving General Yang.
One thing is very clear. General Yang had better be one very, very important man to justify the amount of carnage being carried out in his name in Ronnie Yu's Saving General Yang.
One of Hong Kong's finest, Yu makes his return to the director's chair for the first time since 2006 Jet Li starrer Fearless. And he is back with a massive scale action spectacle.