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article imageAsian martial arts star Jackie Chan to film 'Kung Fu Yoga'

By Sravanth Verma     Mar 30, 2015 in Entertainment
Asian cinema icon Jackie Chan, who has regaled fans with his astounding kung fu skills over two decades, is set to blend the martial art with yoga, in a new movie titled "Kung Fu Yoga."
Chan's latest movie, Dragon Blade, has hit screens recently, featuring Chan as a Han Chinese warrior in the midst of a Roman army. The movie is the most expensive ever made in China, and seems set to recoup its costs and turn a hefty profit.
The 60-year-old star's next project is part of a India-China co-production agreement signed during President Xi Jinping's visit to India in September 2014. Chan told reporters, "Yes, I am planning to start a new movie called Kungfu Yoga. That means I will be returning to film in India. Perhaps next time you will interview me on a set."
Chan's last visit to India was in 2013, when he had expressed an interest in movie collaboration between China and India. Chan is of course, famous for his blending of east and west in numerous Hollywood movies, including Rush Hour and The Myth.
Regarding this kind of collaboration in his recent movie Dragon Blade, he says, "I enjoyed working with them and I look forward to working with more Hollywood stars in China. For many years, I acted in Hollywood films. It's exciting now that Hollywood stars are acting in Chinese films."
Regarding Kung Fu Yoga, about which Chan revealed no details, he said, "The most important thing is the script. But, yes, I'm planning the new movie called Kungfu Yoga. Hopefully, we will start filming in the autumn," he added.
From the title, the movie likely to be a blend between the martial art, and yoga, possibly featuring martial artists and yogis in a period film. Interestingly, the first known account of yogis in literature comes from a Chinese source. The movie is likely to be more than just an action-packed comedy, which was the hallmark of his early career, which included Hong Kong-based movies such as Police Story and Meals on Wheels. Chan had stated that he is now choosing his roles more carefully: "I am now 61. I would like audiences to think of me as a dramatic actor who happens to also do action. In my recent films, I've been trying to broaden my roles, including in Dragon Blade."
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