UPDATE: Take a look at the first images from Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In below!
Speaking about the cast, producer John Chong said, “Philip Ng once played Bruce Lee in a small film for us once before. Now he is second only to Sammo Hung. He can really, really fight. Raymond Lam is a TV actor who had never been trained as a fighter, but turns out to be just fantastic. Terrance Lau we’ve had in ‘Beyond the Dream’ and ‘Tales of the Occult Part 2,’ and here he only has a small part in the ‘Walled City’ film, but we all agree that he lights up the screen. The main five have amazing chemistry.”
The film is currently in post-production and is targeted for theatrical release at the end of this year or early 2024.
UPDATE: Check out the first Teaser Poster featuring a title change from Kowloon Walled City to Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In.
UPDATE: Legendary Martial Arts veteran Sammo Hung (The Bodyguard) was also reported to be part of the cast of Kowloon Walled City.
Recently, 8days reported the action veteran’s purpose for being in the film was to make a comeback in Hong Kong cinema.
According to the source, when asked why he decided to make a comeback Hung replied, “No money! The most important thing is the production team is willing to pay me.”
Hung also stated that he wanted to be involved with the film because there are rarely any movies about Hong Kong featuring an all-native cast.
The film will also feature fight scenes between Hung and Koo.
The Singaporean publication noted that Koo says the actors had to undergo intense training so they could perform their own stunts, with one intense scene that needed at least five consecutive days of filming.
UPDATE: Production has officially started on Kowloon Walled City. Produced by Wilson Yip (Ip Man, SPL), the film will feature action choreography by Kenji Tanigaki (Raging Fire).
Martial arts star Max Zhang is no longer involved with the project. Louis Koo and Richie Jen are still on-board and are joined by Raymond Lam (Saving General Yang), the legendary Sammo Hung (God of War) and Philip Ng (Undercover Punch and Gun).
The long in development Kowloon Walled City project with director Derek Kwok and martial arts superstar Donnie Yen previously attached has gotten a major face-lift.
The film will now be helmed by Soi Cheang (SPL 2: A Time for Consequences) with Max Zhang (Master Z: Ip Man Legacy), Louis Koo (Paradox) and Richie Ren (Bodies at Rest) set to star.
Based on the cult comics City of Darkness, Kowloon Walled City was previously described as an action thriller set in the 70s as the Hong Kong Police Force and a team of elite forces battle crime and corruption in the dangerous and self-governed walled city, which has since been demolished by the Hong Kong government.