Stanley Tong On Working With Jackie Chan Again for Vanguard [Exclusive Interview]

Stanley Tong
Stanley Tong directed Vanguard starring Jackie Chan

Stanley Tong has a long working relationship with kung-fu action star Jackie Chan.

Thanks to Tong’s Rumble in the Bronx in 1999, American audiences were captivated with the star from the East. That film catapulted Chan into stardom in the States, in which Chan starred in more action films, including the American franchise of Rush Hour with Chris Tucker.

The new action film, Vanguard, marked the sixth collaboration between the action star and the famed director.

The film introduces a new generation of action stars with Jackie Chan headlines as a leader of a private security organization intending to spoil the plans of a worldwide terrorist organization.

It stars Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Ai Lun, Mu Qimiya, Xu Ruohan, and Zhu Zhengting.

Here’s the official synopsis of the film:

In the movie, Vanguard, a covert security company is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world’s deadliest mercenary organization. Chan plays the CEO of the firm, where he leads a squad of elite agents to save the businessman. The globe-trotting action-adventure was filmed in nine cities across the United Kingdom, China, the United Arab Emirates, Zambia, and India. It features high stakes action sequences that take place over air, land, and sea.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with the action film director Stanley Tong. We talked about Jackie Chan’s legacy and the ambitious production of Vanguard.

Stanley Tong began his career as a stunt man. In 1989, he started his directing career with Tin si hang dung III: Moh lui mut yat, a crime-fighting martial arts film in Hong Kong. He cemented his action film resume with Supercop and its sequel that starred iconic Hong Kong action legends of Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, and Maggie Cheung. It led to his many more collaborations with Chan, including Rumble in the Bronx, First Strike, and The Myth.

Vanguard is out in theaters tomorrow. For tickets, visit www.vanguardmovie.com.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Vanguard

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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