When I first heard the casting news, I did a double take, and then had to check five times to make sure it wasn’t some elaborate April’s Fools punk. Of course it’s not, and the reality only makes it more surreal since I can’t fathom how much this movie is going to wallow in bromance manpain and the collective pretty. Famed HK-producer-director-actor Bakmin Wong’s upcoming epic movie-version of Saving General Yang (杨家将) has just announced the seven lead actors playing the famed seven brothers of historical lore.
Only two of the actors have been confirmed to play a certain brother (Louis Koo as Big Brother and Wu Zun as Sixth Brother), but I can pretty much guess which brother the other five leads will be playing. Ekin Cheng I suspect is Second Brother, Raymond Lam is likely Third Brother, Vic Zhou could play Fourth Brother in his sleep (OMG the angst), Deng Cao would be perfect as stoic Fifth Brother, and Feng Shao Feng as playful Seventh Brother. Okay, you can start screaming now folks, because that above, is the epic cast for the upcoming The Yang’s Clan movie.
The historical folk legend of the Yang’s Clan and the seven brothers (and their awesome General Daddy) who set out for war on behalf of the Song Dynasty against its enemies, and only one brother returned, has been made into movies and dramas so many times I have lost count. The story extols family honor and patriotic virtue of the Yang’s Clan and their willingness to give their lives for their Emperor.
The drama adaptations tends to focus on the younger brothers more, with Sixth Brother usually the lead since he’s the only one to return from the battle, though other versions have chosen to focus on Fourth Brother. I adore this story since I watched it as a kid and totally swooned over the brothers and their camaraderie and general awesomeness – they use spears as weapons, each has his own OTP, they fight all the time just for fun, they always have each other’s back. And it spawned a very famous proverb – “The Yang’s Clan, 7 sons left, 1 son returned.”
The confirmed cast also includes wuxia veteran Adam Cheng as the all-powerful and wise Daddy Yang. This movie version will supposedly center around the seven brothers’ rescue of Daddy Yang, likely from evil varmints of some invading nation. The poster above was made by C-netizens at Baidu, and at the end of the cast list naming each of the guys I listed above is this awesome tagline “and a bunch of Yang’s wives, too.” Mwahahaha, yup, don’t forget the wifeys. The movie starts filming this August, likely scheduled for a Fall 2012 release.
[Credit: Ifensi news]