Mention the Yang Generals, and The Legendary Amazons / 楊門女將之軍令如山 of last year comes to mind. Not that it's a good thing, because it will probably be remembered as tooting the triumphant return of Cecilia Cheung to the big screen, in what would be a plot riddled with holes, and production values that became laughable the longer the film takes to finally cross the finishing line.
So as a counter-balance to that, Saving General Yang may seem like the perfect antidote to cure that bad memory and nightmare the world has on the Yang Generals, being the testosterone filled production ready to declare war on bad Yang General films everywhere. With producer Raymond Wong and his son Calvin's involvement as the scriptwriter - their pairing has created the successful Ip Man films - you know what you're in for when this film calls for authenticity, and doesn't pull its punches when it comes to creating large action spectacles, with Ronny Yu at the helm as director, who praised the story as being accessible to all, and yet for an action film contained its fair share of emotional moments, despite having an all male cast.
Screen Father and Sons
A quick behind the scenes clip was revealed during the press conference, and if things go according to what the production had made it out to be, then yes, Saving General Yang has all the ingredients of a period action epic that's set to thrill audiences, boasting a star studded cast of Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Raymond Lam and Yu Bo who were here at the conference today, together with Wu Chu, Vic Chou, Li Chen and Fu Xin Bo rounding up the titular General and his seven sons, packed into 100 minutes.
Here's how the discussion went during the Press Conference with Director Ronny Yu and Cast Members Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Raymond Lam and Yu Bo, in Cantonese and Mandarin (I may put up some key points in English later, do check back!)
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and the unveiling of the one sheet poster:
Part 4 of 4 - Unveiling the Poster
which you can take a closer look here:
and here's more photographs from the event: