Raymond Wong Takes on Chinese History in ‘Saving General Young’
Producer Raymond Wong follows comedy with tragedy with his $15 million take on the Chinese historical tale of a war-torn family, titled Saving General Young, produced by Wong’s Pegasus Films with China’s Huayi Brothers and Henan Film Studio.
First, though, Wong will return to familiar grounds with Magic to Win, an update of his 1980s comedy series The Happy Ghost with a new twist.
Filming of Saving General Young will start in August 2011 for release in the second half of 2012, with Ronny Yu (Fearless)as director on a script by Edmond Wong, son of Raymond. It marks the seventh collaboration of the father-son team. Yuen Tak (The Legend) has signed on as action director. The film will mix scenes of epic warfare and family drama in equal measure, and revolves around loyalty to one’s country and filial piety to one’s kin.
“It’s a heart-wrenching yet inspiring tragedy,” says Wong about his reinvention of the well-known 10th-century rescue mission taken by the male line of the Young military clan to save their captured father, the titular General Young, from invaders in the northeast under the prophecy that “seven sons depart, six sons will return.”