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Steven Seagal and Mike Tyson square off in new movie
Costing $20 million to produce and released in Chinese theatres in May 2017, China Salesman by director Tan Bing is coming west! Albeit as a straight-to-DVD title.
At some point in the not too distant past Steven Seagal and Mike Tyson were hugely relevant in their fields. Seagal, a 7th Dan black belt in Aikido was the star of box office hits such as Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, Out for Justice and probably his most renowned role was in 1992 action-thriller Under Siege.
Tyson was the undisputed world heavyweight champion of boxing in the late 80’s and the 1st boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
If this on-screen tussle had taken place around 26 years ago there would be a lot more interest and it would have probably been a huge box-office draw. Seagal is now 66 years old and Tyson isn’t exactly a spring chicken at age 51, in saying that I’d still run like hell if either of them chased me.
Supposedly based on a true story, the film tells the story of Yan Jian played by Dong Xue Li, a young Chinese IT engineer who travels to North Africa to compete nationwide against other countries tech companies to determine which country has the best tech to help rebuild the communications systems between the north and the south. Yan Jian uncovers a conspiracy to gain control over the mineral resources in Africa and all hell breaks loose.
Seagal plays a legendary mercenary and Tyson plays a gun-toting army general who end up on opposite sides of the conflict leading up to an 8 minute on screen fight. According to the director it was “Very difficult” to negotiate signing the two men to the project as both men reportedly wanted to “win” the fake fight. Apparently, the director chose to placate them by calling it a draw. I say apparently because I haven’t seen the film and I will not subject my eyes to what I presume will be a feature length pile of s**t.
My personal scepticism aside, there seems to be quite a lot of interest in the film as the 2017 trailer has now racked up over 2.6 million YouTube views. Check it out below.
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