Hong Kong’s Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Jackie Chan action comedy Ride On and will introduce the film during the Cannes Marché.
Larry Yang directs the Chinese feature, which stars Chan as an old stuntman who becomes a media sensation after a video of him fighting debt collectors alongside his trusty horse goes viral. The cast also includes Liu Haocun of Cliff Walkers and Kevin Guo, who starred in Yang’s previous feature Adoring.
The film is backed by Alibaba Pictures, Beijing Hairun Pictures and Zhejiang Hengdian Film, and is set for release in China in a coveted December 31 slot.
Golden Network Asia has previously handled Jackie Chan titles including Vanguard, Kung Fu Yoga and Railroad Tigers. It will be selling the project through the online version of the Cannes Marché.
Chinese director Yang’s rural drama Mountain Cry was the closing film of Busan Film Festival in 2015 and his ensemble comedy Adoring made close to $100m at the box office in China after opening on December 31, 2019.
Ride On acts as a tribute to the extraordinary stunts that made Chan’s name in films such as Drunken Master, Armour Of God II and Police Story, which have since become a defining feature of action comedies.
“In the heyday of kung fu movies, you fought for real, you risked your life by really racing a fast car and really riding a wild horse,” said Chan. “The spirit was passed on from one generation to the next.”