Renowned Taiwan-born director, cartoonist and script-writer, Tsai Chih Chung announced that he is working on a new Shaolin Kung Fu cartoon movie during a press conference on May 4 at a Shaolin Temple in Henan Province, central China. In support of the film, Shaolin abbot Shi Yongxin also spoke during the event.
The cartoon, called “Shaolin Temple” is set to be ready in 2015, as it still needs about 15 to18 months work. Director Tsai Chih Chung began drafting a script for the film in 2006.
ECNS quotes the director with saying that the film will be “funny and worth-watching.”
Three main characters from the planned animated kung fu feature were revealed at the conference: Bodhidharma, the monk that is said to have invented the training that goes into Shaolin Kung Fu and his two disciples, who study kung fu and zen Buddhism at the Shaolin Temple.
Animation in the 85-minute cartoon will be based on traditional Chinese ink and wash paintings to give the production an authentic feel.
Best known for his graphical works on Chinese philosophy and history, Tsai also said he will make a cartoon that focuses on Zen and Buddhist philosophy.
Corresponding videogames are planned to be released at same time as the film.
Tsai’s work has made him immensely popular and has been translated into various languages. Many of his earlier four paneled works contain elements of political satire and those which are purely comical such as his well known work, “The Drunken Swordsman”.
He presents Chinese classics like Lao Zi, Confucius, Mencius, Zhuang Zi and Sun Zi in the form of modern-day comics.
Fans can read more Kung Fu stories here while waiting for the release.
By Andreea Dragut