While audiences continue to await Wong Kar-Wai's Ip Man biography THE GRANDMASTERS, Tony Leung will make yet another appearance in a period movie following this Jan's THE GREAT MAGICIAN. From writing/ directing duo Alan Mak and Felix Chong, best known for their contemporary thrillers OVERHEARD and OVERHEARD 2, Leung will play a spy in an espionage thriller not unlike LUST, CAUTION- sans the lust.
Here's the official synopsis of the movie, which opens 16 August and co-stars Zhou Xun, Mavis Fan and Wang Xue Bing:
In 1950s, the China Republic Government is newly established. Revolutionists in different parts of China seek chances to revolt. Everywhere is restless and chaotic. 701 Headquarter, consists of Inspection, Interpretation and Operation, is set up to spy conspiracy through telegraph. But one day in October, all of a sudden, the enemy shut down 126 military channels for 30 hours. After these long hours, when they tune back the channels, only daily news is being broadcasted. Without concrete information, operators at the frontline are at risk.
Chang Xue-ning is of Operation’s. She is sent back to the Headquarter as her identity has been disclosed in Hong Kong. Reporting in 701, she is astonished by her supervisor, Guo Zhong-xing, who used to woo her. Their relation is still a mystery. Xue-ning’s new mission is to seek for worthy who gets superb aural comprehension. She targets Luo San-er, the piano tuner of Song Qing Ling but it turns out she brings Luo’s personal assistant, He Bing to report duty. Bing is uncivilized and blind but his hearing is splendid - can even hear the wind. Is he strong enough to be the saviour in this silent war?