First Look: Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius in Hu Mei's Biopic

May 15, 2009
Source: Sina

Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius

It was only March when we first announced that Chow Yun-Fat was going to play Confucius in a Chinese biopic titled Confucius. Being a big fan of Chow Yun-Fat, I was immediately interested, and have been anxious to see something or hear more about the production. Thanks to Sina (via Twitch) we have some first photos of Chow Yun-Fat in the film. Coincidentally, I got a shot of the Confucius poster on display in the Film Market at Cannes, so I thought I'd throw both of these together today. It looks a lot more epic than I was imagining (especially with a rumored $3 million budget) and that is definitely a good thing. Enjoy!

Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius

Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius

Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius

Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius

Confucius is being directed by Hu Mei, with a budget of $2.8 million, which converts to roughly $22 million in Hong Kong dollars. Shooting will start later this month in the Hebei province. The movie will screen later this year to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and Confucius' 2,560th birthday. Confucious' teachings are now gaining popularity as a way of bringing morals to the country which is contending with the rise of consumerism. This is actually a production that I'm looking forward to, not only because of Chow Yun-Fat, but because I'm interested to see the story of Confucious. Stay tuned for more!

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments


"Confucius say...go to school bad boy!"

Matt Suhu on May 15, 2009


no... its more like " behave or ill take you to school! "

tom rothman on May 15, 2009


I think this is perfect casting, especially after seeing Curse of the Golden Flower. Eh, 3 million goes further in China, and it's not like this is a martial arts flick...can't see it needing too much post.

LINKFX on May 15, 2009


@2 tom rothman lol...i was quoting Russell Peters, a standup comedian who does awesome impressions. go youtube him.

Matt Suhu on May 15, 2009


I hate Chow Yun-Fat. He's like the Asian William Shattner I'm going to make a movie called "The Sell Outs", its going to star Chow Yun-Fat, Nicolas Cage, Samuel L Jackson, and William Shattner... it'll be a lot like the A team but you know.... with worse acting

DoomCanoe on May 15, 2009


Bad boy DoomCanoe, what were you talking about ?? You even spelled the name wrong !

alexander on May 15, 2009


Sounds epic and boring. I like #5's comment - Chow Yun-Shat 🙂

avoidz on May 15, 2009


what the fuck? what dumb ass wouldn't understand what i was talking about... and who calls someone a bad boy?... ya queer! sorry i was to busy caring about sweet movie news and not to worried about how William Shatner spells his shit name. alexander you = dipshit! And Alexander the movie = the worst movie ever made! so go die

DoomCanoe on May 16, 2009


hahaha! Pre K must have just graduated this weekend...

lando on May 19, 2009


i don't know weather you have ever seen one of his movies, but he is the best actor no matter in the film or in the real world.... u have much more to learn about Chow Yun-Fat and CONFUCIUS

mary on May 28, 2009


Beautiful images + beautiful music = a great trailer. This looks like it could be something special!

Christopher on Sep 3, 2009

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