While Justin Lin’s “Star Trek Beyond” is proceeding to shoot scenes in Dubai, Stanley Tong’s latest film “Kung Fu Yoga” is also in progress. It appears the UAE is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Hollywood and Bollywood productions, Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission said. Both full-scale film productions in the Emirates have taken unexpected press interest; the shoots of both films have had overwhelming media attention for the large pool of talented actors at some of Dubai’s iconic landmarks.
The government has welcomed the filming of the international movies in the country as it has given a boost of the UAE Movie Industry. These productions are being great at highlighting some of the Emirate’s attractions and locations for a global audience.
As for the “Kung Fu Yoga” production team, it is happy to be in Dubai for the photo shoots and capture some important scenes of the film. Kung Fu Yoga, a Chinese-Indian co-production of Taihe Entertainment, Shinework Media and Viacom 18, is a cross cultural, cross language movie that consists of a combination of Chinese martial arts and Indian culture.
Hong Kong’s best-known film star, Jackie Chan—a favorite among martial arts film fans—is in Dubai this month to shoot the India-China Co-Production. ‘Kung-Fu Yoga,’ an action comedy film, will be released sometime in 2016. The movie is directed by Stanley Tong, who has made a number of Jackie’s films.
Dubai Film and TV Commission have confirmed Jackie Chan’s presence. Chan flew in a few weeks ago to be among the photographed scenes featuring some well-known Dubai landmarks. This is Chan’s first time filming in the Middle East. He will be in Dubai from 28 September to 30 October 2015 to shoot his latest film which will also feature Bollywood star Katrina Kaif. Along will also be a well-known Indian actor, Jackie Shroff.
Chan and the movie’s cast and crew, “armed with an array of boom mics, lights and cameras, were in Atlantis filming in a roped-off, heavily secured area in front of the hotel’s iconic East Tower aquarium,” stated The National.
The cast and crew have been shooting car-chase scenes on the roads around the Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, on Shaikh Zayed Road and other streets that were closed off for some hours for filming. Locals and tourists will find areas in Downtown Dubai, including streets that lead to the Jumeirah Lake Towers, closed off for a period, until the end of the month as various movie scenes are being captured on film.
There are also crowd barriers, walls and gates, found at Dubai Studio City where security staff has kept interested onlookers away from knowing much about the film; the production is reluctant to reveal anything about what is shooting. Dubai crewmembers and security guards have kept the crowd away from the set, unable to take snap shots of their hero—the International sensation Jackie Chan.
This is a movie not be missed! “The film, when it hits cinemas, should be interesting to witness – the irresistible combination of supercars, kung-fu and Chan’s trademark humour is certain to be a hit.” (The National)