Tsui Hark is a legend when it comes to making martial arts films. Sure, he’s had some hits and misses, but it’s hard to deny the fact that he’s had an influence on the industry. His next film will be an adaptation of a novel titled Tracks in the Snow Forest. The movie will carry the same title as the novel, and it will be filmed in 3D. Yes, in 3D.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk a little more about what has been revealed. The story will be based on a hero named Yang Zirong who outwits a group of gangsters in northeastern China in 1946. Wen Jiang is expected to play the lead role. Tsui Hark has stated that the movie will be a “wuxia drama with guns.”
Yu Dong, CEO of Bona Film Group (production company for the film)
Okay, now for my worries about the film. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate did well financially, but I wasn’t really a fan of the film. There were far too many gimmicks and effects going around for me to enjoy the movie, and I’m worried that’s going to happen once more. Bullets will fly out at the audience while glass and other debris litter the screen. While it sounds like a cool concept, I just don’t think it will be realized correctly with 3D.
I’m curious about how the film will turn out, and maybe Tsui has learned some tricks and lessons from filming Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. Either way, I’m going to have some cautious optimism when it comes to this new movie.