'Infernal' Lau joins 'Bodyguards'

Cinema Popular production adds Lau on last shooting day

HONG KONG -- “Infernal Affairs” helmer Andrew Lau will join the production team of “Bodyguards and Assassins," the upcoming period epic from studio Cinema Popular.

Former beauty queen and assassin in Wong Kar Wai’s “Fallen Angels,” Michele Reis, rounds out the star-studded cast that includes Donnie Yen (“Ip Man”), Leon Lai (“Forever Enthralled”), Wang Xueqi (“Forever Enthralled”), Nicholas Tse (“Dragon Tiger Gate”), Tony Leung Ka-fai (“The Lover”) and Hu Jun (“Red Cliff”).

The Teddy Chen-directed, $22 million action drama went through 10 years of development and a turbulent three-month shoot, beset by accidents and injuries, at the elaborate set of 1900 Hong Kong that took a year to build in Shanghai. 

Producers Peter Chan and Huang Jianxin enlisted the help of Andrew Lau on the last day of filming Monday. "Bodyguards" is produced under Cinema Popular, the joint venture between producer-director Chan and producer Huang Jianxin’s We Pictures and China’s Poly Bona. The film is scheduled for release December 18 in China.