added: Tue, Mar 7th '17
From the creators of the "Taken" and "Transporter" film franchises, comes a new action-adventure fantasy movie about a young videogamer who is magically transported to ancient China where he must embark on a quest to rescue the princess from an evil tyrant.
French action maestro Luc Besson has once again teamed up with his longtime screenwriting partner Robert Mark Kamen for "The Warriors Gate," a Chinese-French co-production that seemingly borrows plot points from the cult '80s movie "The Last Starfighter," but gives its zero-to-hero premise a modern-day spin with a Chinese fantasy twist.
Uriah Shelton (from the A&E series "The Glades") plays Jack Bronson, a teenage videogamer from California. After a long day of fighting and crushing his enemies as his online gaming alter-ego "The Black Knight," Jack wakes up in the middle of the night with a sword-wielding stranger standing inside his bedroom. The man is an ancient Chinese warrior (played by Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao; from "Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon") who tells Jack that he needs his help ... he needs "The Black Knight." And that it's his destiny to save the princess (Chinese actress Ni Ni; from "The Flowers of War") who has been captured by a brutal tribal emperor (played by Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista).
Matthias Hoene, the British director of the 2012 horror comedy "Cockneys vs Zombies," directs the upcoming film from a script written by Besson and Kamen.
Co-starring Hong Kong actor Francis Ng as a Chinese mage and Sienna Guillory as Jack's mother, "The Warriors Gate" has already opened in China this past November and recently screened a couple of weeks ago at Glasgow's Fright Fest. The film will open in France later this month with other international markets to follow. Watch a newly-released international trailer, above.
A teenager is magically transported to China and learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior.
directed by Matthias Hoene
starring Uriah Shelton, Mark Chao, Dave Bautista, Ni Ni, Francis Ng, Sienna Guillory
release date March 22, 2017 (in France)