Singapore – The premiere dates of the inaugural HBO Asia Original anthology of martial arts action TV movies co-produced with China Movie Channel (CMC) were announced. Both movies will premiere on the same day during primetime across Asia on HBO and RED BY HBO and in China on CMC’s premium subscription channel, CHC.
Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So premieres at primetime in December while Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying will debut in late December. This is the first time a China co-production movie will premiere on the same day in China as well as across the region. Both movies will also be available on HBO GO and HBO ON DEMAND in Asia, as well as on CCTV6 in China at a later date.
HBO Asia will be distributing the movies, which were executive produced by Hong Kong action director, Corey Yuen outside of China while CMC handles distribution within the mainland. The trailers for both TV movies, which boast a cast of Chinese actors professionally trained in mixed martial arts, kung fu and muay thai, were revealed.The action-packed movies are set in ancient China at the end of the Qing dynasty. Shot in the Chinese language in Hengdian, China, the movies will be dubbed in English with local language subtitles when they premiere in Asia on HBO. Concurrently, both movies will also debut at the same time on RED BY HBO in its original language with English subtitles. Both movies will air in the original language in China.
The two TV movies were directed by Guo Jian-yong, who specialises in martial arts movies and has choreographed the action sequences for Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), The Twins Effect II (2004), Red Cliff (2007) and Transporter I, II and III (2001; 2005; 2008). These two anthology TV movies are one of four HBO Asia Original productions this year. The others include HBO Asia’s first returnable series Halfworlds Season 2 and HBO Asia’s first Taiwanese co-production, The Psychic.