On Saturday, Alibaba sold $25 billion worth of stuff. Presumably, some of the proceeds on this unprecedented day in consumerism will now go to funding the burgeoning martial arts career of the company’s multi-talented founder.
During its annual Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza, Alibaba took the time to promote Gong Shou Dao (功守道), a short kung fu flick which stars company CEO Jack Ma as a tai chi master who bests a bevy of martial arts stars and legends (and one basketball) in a series of extremely kitschy fights.
The 22-minute movie shows the 53-year-old tycoon matching skills against Jet Li and Donnie Yen, not to mention Wolf Warriors star Wu Jing, Hong Kong martial arts actor Sammo Hung, professional boxer Zou Shiming, Thai action star Tony Jaa and retired Mongolian sumo champion Asashoryu Akinori.
Manny Pacquiao and Jason Statham also make cameos in the credits, hinting at the possibility of a sequel.
You can check out a trailer for the movie below:
Or watch the whole thing on Youku.
For the privilege of getting their butts kicked by Ma, none of the film’s stars took home a paycheck. Instead, Gong Shou Dao, which roughly translates to the “The Art of Attack and Defense,” is being billed as a way of promoting traditional Chinese culture and in particular tai chi — which has had a bit of a rough year.
“We all had the same idea,” said Jet Li. “Through this film, we could pay tribute to our predecessors in the Chinese martial arts, pay tribute to Chinese culture, pay tribute to the world, and at the same time, share that Chinese culture.”
Jack Ma has always been a big fan of tai chi, applying its principles to his business approach and trusting it with his life — back in 2014, it was learned that his personal bodyguard is a master of tai chi. The film helps China’s richest man live out his dream of becoming a tai chi master — though he apparently still has time to moonlight as a security guard and courier.