Another movie inspired by the Three Kingdoms is on its way, one that the producer describes as a movie unlike any other period film. It is produced by China 3D Digital Entertainment Limited who acquired the rights from the Japanese gaming company Koei for their popular series of fighting games called Dynasty Warriors.
Producer Stephen Shiu Jr shared on weibo, “Filming The Romance of the Three Kingdoms has always been a childhood dream of mine. Up until I entered the movie industry, I have never given up on the concept, but how to come up with something new? That problem always bogged me until four years ago when I thought that a movie based on a game would give off a very different feel, so I went to Japan to negotiate the rights to Shin Sangokumusō. It took about three years to get the trust of the Japanese to give us the rights to make a movie…”
The crew took around eight months to prepare before filming finally began on July 11, 2017. It will be directed by Roy Hin Yeung Chow and written by his wife Christine To, both of which attended the opening ceremonies for the production.
The cast has yet to be announced but the producer also hints at a very big lineup. Word on the street includes Feng Shao Feng, Ethan Ruan and Eddie Peng though I’m also hearing Wang Kai as Cao Cao, Louis Koo as Lu Bu, Han Geng as Guan Yu and Gulnezer Bextiyar as Diao Chan. These are just names being thrown around at this point, but it is fun to guess.