Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Yoga makes waves in China before release

Kung Fu Yoga, an India-China joint production, featuring Jackie Chan made a big splash in Chinese media for featuring a real lion in one of the trailers. The movie is slated to release here on January 28, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

In the film, Chan has taken his adventures to a new level by driving a car carrying a lion in the back seat which generated a lot of buzz in the Chinese social media. The big cat is not computer-generated. The very real predator is owned by Dubai’s royal family, state-run China Daily reported today. Chan, 62, plays an archeologist who seeks a lost treasure using an ancient map in the action-comedy.

The film was partly shot in India along with Indian film actors like Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur and, Sonu Sood. Kung Fu Yoga is one of three Sino-Indian co-productions being made as a result of an agreement between the two countries. According to Jonathan Shen, founder of Shine work Media, one of the film’s Chinese producers, the movie will be released in around 500 cinemas in India. The film’s trailer featuring the lion, which was released on Jan 5, has garnered millions of clicks on major video-streaming sites, making it one of the most-anticipated films of the profitable Spring Festival holiday. Chan, who has starred in more than 100 films and been involved in at least another 100, is very popular globally for his unique blend of action and comedy.

In September 2014, China and India signed a groundbreaking agreement on co-producing films, in a bid to bring the two major movie powerhouses together. It yielded results in May the following year, when China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, and the Indian embassy in China announced plans for three jointly produced films.

Kung Fu Yoga is one of the three films. The other two are a biographical feature of Xuan Zang, based on the seventh-century monk’s pilgrimage to India, and Buddies in India, comedian Wang Baoqiang’s directorial debut. Xuan Zang was released in April and Buddies will also premiere during the upcoming Spring Festival. Of the three films, Chan’s movie is expected to make an impression in India as the star’s early Hollywood blockbusters – Rumble in the Bronx (1995) and Rush Hour (1998) and The Myth – made him a well-known name in the country. Patani plays an India professor assisting Chan, and Dastur is in the role of her sister.