Jericho, NY, May 3, 2004 – Each year scores of young actors and martial artists travel to the Hollywood of Asia – the thriving filmmaking community of Hong Kong, where hundreds of action films are produced each year. Many are called to Hong Kong but few are chosen – yet those who do could earn coveted roles among the new generation of martial arts stars increasingly crossing over to Hollywood films. Premiering Saturday, June 5, at 10 PM ET/PT, THE AMC PROJECT: MADE IN HONG KONG explores what it takes to make it, and how China's filmmaking capital has become a testing ground for a whole new generation of stars.
The one-hour documentary, THE AMC PROJECT: MADE IN HONG KONG, penetrates the lives of three young would-be fight stars who travel to Hong Kong to get their break in Asia's movie capital, where they attend classes, auditions, meetings, or simply visit the old haunts of their favorite Hong Kong stars. For these young performers and martial artists, Hong Kong is the best available ticket to Hollywood.
White Dragon leaves his farming village in China at 15 to travel to the home city of his idol, Jackie Chan. Just beginning his journey to be like Jackie, White Dragon would be happy just to meet the Asian superstar. Li Jing is an accomplished stunt fighter who has appeared as a femme fatale in a notorious Hong Kong music video. Though her English is shaky, she is determined to make it, even if she has to travel to the real Hollywood to live her dream. Unlike the others, Phillip Ng hails from Chicago. With charm, rudimentary fight skills, blond streaks and flawless English, Phillip embodies the new generation of Asian actors making the most of China's fascination with all things American.
Along with the special, AMC will air a special Jackie Chan movie festival, Jackie Chan: Fight Night, featuring two films starring the ultimate Hong Kong crossover – THE PROTECTOR (1985) (6 pm) and RUMBLE IN THE BRONX (1995) (8 pm & 11 pm).
THE AMC PROJECT: MADE IN HONG KONG is produced by Aysha Productions Inc. and directed by Sun-Kyung Yi.
AMC, a division of Rainbow Media's Entertainment Services, which also includes WE: Women's Entertainment and IFC Companies, is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan. The network, which reaches over 85,000,000 homes, offers a comprehensive library of popular movies and a critically-acclaimed slate of original programming that is a diverse, movie-based mix of original series, documentaries and specials. Over the past three years AMC has garnered many of the industry's highest honors, including eight Emmy awards. AMC is "TV for movie people."
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