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Exploiting Confucius for fun and profit

Posted by Joel Martinsen, March 23, 2009

Chow Yun-Fat is slated to play the lead in a new biopic of Confucius.

Casting an international action star as a philosopher who is generally depicted as an old man not particularly given to much movement at all has raised some eyebrows. Will we see a wire-fu Confucius, an action-packed story that takes liberties with the historical record?

Distinguished TV and stage actor Pu Cunxin announced that he had turned down the role because of script problems, and called for the public to attack anyone who dare mock the sage by turning him into a fighter.

In response, director Hu Mei denied ever approaching Pu, and then defended the film’s action elements: (continue at Danwei.org)

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