So we won’t front – we were perhaps not the biggest fans of the Transformers 2 movie, despite how well it did in China. And while we’d normally use any opportunity to rag on that ridiculous, over-the-top, cliche-slinging, vomit-inducing pile of crap pretending to be a sci-fi action film, this time we’re mentioning it to help segue into a Chinese movie that looks like it’d be much more satisfying on the robot front.
According to the Guardian, the concept of Hong Kong film-maker Jeffrey Lau’s new movie sprung from his dissatisfaction with Michael Bay’s fare:
Lau, one of the producers on Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, came up with the idea after watching Bay’s films and noticing that the various Autobots and Decepticons lacked martial arts skills. “I burst out laughing when watching Transformers,” he says. “The effects were amazing but the robots didn’t know how to fight. So I decided our Chinese superheroes should be kung-fu experts.”
Kung Fu Cyborg was reportedly made on a budget of $14m (£8.5m), a third of which went on motion-capture and CGI technology to produce the robot action. That’s an awful lot less than the most recent Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, which cost an estimated $200m.
Will Kung Fu Cyborg (机器侠) top the Transformers behemoth? Even if it doesn’t in box office earnings (which, sadly, it will most likely not), from the looks of the trailer it’s going to be a lot funnier.