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Hong Kong’s Golden Network Asia has picked up the international rights to Jackie Chan‘s latest action comedy, the $50 million Railroad Tigers, which starts shooting in October and is directed by popular filmmaker Ding Sheng.
Producers say the movie harks back to the golden age of Chan’s best-loved comedies, such as Project A and Drunken Master II, but with bigger production values and bigger action set-pieces.
Ding worked with Chan on period action-comedy Little Big Soldier and the contemporary police-thriller Police Story 2013, which between them made more than $100 million at the China box office.
Chan is coming off the whopping $120 million box-office take in China for Dragon Blade.
The movie is set in wartime China in 1941 and features Chan as a railroad worker who leads a team of freedom fighters who use their knowledge of the train network to disrupt Japan’s wartime engine and steal food for the starving Chinese population.
The movie is due for release in October 2016, around the time of China’s national day holidays.
Railroad Tigers is backed by Sparkle Roll Media Corp, Shanghai Film Group, Beijing Going Zoom Media and Shanghai New Culture Media Group.
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