This man can pull off that mafia boss impression so well.
Chow Yun-fat is returning to the big screen with a new movie The Last Tycoon set to be released at the end of the year. The international poster of the movie was recently released at the Toronto International Film Festival. Check the article below for more details!
T/N: The Chinese title of the movie is 大上海 and literally translates to “Big Shanghai.” Also, the work that Chow Yun-fat is most well-known for in China is Shanghai Bund 上海滩 which is set in approximately the same time period as the movie. Huang Xiaoming, Chow’s costar for the new movie, filmed New Shanghai Bund 新上海滩 a couple of years ago, hence the line towards the end of the article about traveling through time.
Translated by Tianlu for 24-7 KPOP. Use with credit.
The 37th Toronto International Film Festival is taking place from September 6th through September 16th. Many highly anticipated big production and independent films will premiere with many different styles at the festival. Included among the films is one of the big movies of the year: “The Last Tycoon” by Bona Film Group produced by Andrew Lau, directed by Wong Jing, and starring Chow Yun-Fat, Huang Xiao Ming, Sammo Hung, and Francis Ng. This movie that is set to be in theaters at the end of the year revealed the international version of the movie poster at the Festival, which was published in well-known movie magazine “Screen Daily.” Continuing the good response following the previews released earlier, the poster in Toronto also received a lot of notice.
The Poster Revealed: The Gun Carrying Fa Ge [Chow Yun-Fat]
In the poster revealed at the Toronto International Film Festival for “The Last Tycoon,” Fa Ge holds a gun behind his back and has an imposing look on his face. The character “righteousness” on the flag moves with the wind and rain in Shanghai, with the English title, “The Last Tycoon,” in the background.
With the reveal of the poster, stills of Fa Ge filming were also released. In the stills, he wore a long gown, sometimes standing with a fan in his hands, sometimes opening fire. The effortless appearance of a big brother and the familiar gun holding stance causes people to recall the classic he filmed so many years ago.
One thing worth mentioning is, recently, Fa Ge has been filming more period/historical films. He has gone a long time without holding a gun for a movie. “Before, when Fa Ge appeared in ‘A Better Tomorrow,’ and ‘The Killer,’ the poster was always of him holding a gun very handsomely. After so many years, it’s still a classic in movie fans’ hearts. In recent years, Fa Ge’s movie were period/historical movies, so guns were a rarity. So this time, in ‘The Last Tycoon,’ we allowed him pick up a gun once again, and appear in that revolutionary period in Shanghai. Sure enough, as soon as he picked up the gun, the initial feeling all came back,” Chen Yongxiong, the COO of Bona Film Group in charge of international sales, laughingly said during an interview.
Movie Details Revealed: The Last Gangster
Before, an official international movie website revealed “The Last Tycoon’s” preview clip. Though short, the clip showcased a lot of power. Chow Yun-fat and Huang Xiao Ming “travels through time” and take turns “holding the fort.” The powerful atmosphere caused many netizens to cry, “Fa Ge has returned!”
According to our understanding, in the movie, Sammo Hung returns the “Teacher’s Invitation” to Chow Yun-fat, ending their teacher-student relationship. The two then vows to be brothers. The preview shown was when Chow Yun-Fat was acting as the head gangster and all the brothers are bowing down to him. Even though this is just the tip of the iceberg in such a chaotic time in Shanghai, Chow Yun-fat’s gangster style shows clearly in the preview and is the reason that the English title of the movie became “The Last Tycoon.”
According to Chen Yongxiong, the production team considered “Once Upon [a] Time in Shanghai” as the English title but felt that “The Last Tycoon” better represented the soul of the movie. “We can tell from Fa Ge’s aura on the poster that ‘The Last Tycoon’ was clearly the choice that most suited this movie.”