A filming commencement ceremony was held last week in Kaifeng (the old capital of the Song Dynasty) for the upcoming blockbuster martial arts historical movie Saving General Yang (忠烈楊家將). Present for the media event was the actors playing five of the seven Yang brothers: Yu Buo (Second Brother), Vic Zhou (Third Brother), Raymond Lam (Fifth Brother), Wu Zun (Sixth Brother), and Fu Xing Fu (Seventh Brother), along with the producer Bakmin Wong. Missing was main character Louis Koo (First Brother), who hurt his achilles a few days earlier, Jerry Li (Fourth Brother), and the parents Adam Cheng as General Yang and Xu Fan as Madame Yang.
The movie was supposed to start filming immediately after the commencement ceremony, but due to Louis’s injury, is being tentatively delayed until he can resume action scenes. Producer Bakmin Wong emphatically stated that Louis was his only choice for First Brother and he wasn’t going to re-cast the most pivotal role in the entire movie. Contrary to initial casting speculation, Ekin Cheng will not be playing a Yang brother, but instead asked to play the villain Pan Ren Mei. Below have a look at the pictures from the commencement ceremony, and the poster sketches of the seven Yang brothers.
Artist rendering poster of First Brother:
Artist rendering poster of Second Brother:
Artist rendering poster of Third Brother:
Artist rendering poster of Fourth Brother:
Artist rendering poster of Fifth Brother:
Artist rendering poster of Sixth Brother:
Artist rendering poster of Seventh Brother:
[Credit: all pictures as marked via Baidu Vic Zhou bar]