Movies - Sakra : a film produced, directed and performed by Donnie

By Mulder, 07 march 2023

Sakra is a 2023 wuxia film directed by Donnie Yen, who also co-produced the film with Wong Jing. It is adapted from the wuxia novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils written by Jin Yong. The film stars Donnie Yen, Chen Yuqi, and Cya Liu, and it was released in OTT platforms in China at 2023 Chinese New Year. It was also released in theatres in Malaysia on 16 January 2023.

Principal photography for the film started on 27 July 2022 and concluded in October 2022. In April 2022, the film was registered as a "web-distributed film" in China National Radio and Television Administration. In May 2022, the first concept poster was released during the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The production crew was also announced, including Donnie Yen as the director, producer and lead cast. In July 2022, Cya Liu indicated that she would join the cast during the interview with Oriental Daily News. In August 2022, Grace Wong posted a photo on social media, showing herself wearing a Sakra T-shirt at Hengdian World Studios. In September 2022, a behind-the-scene video clip showing Donnie Yen and Chen Yuqi was released.  In October 2022, the film ended filming, and moved on to post-production.

Synopsis : 
Accused of murder, a martial artist goes on the run in search of answers about his own mysterious origins and the unknown enemies out to destroy him.

Directed by Donnie Yen
Screenplay by Sheng Lingzhi, Zhu Wei, He Ben, Chen Li, Shen Lejing, Xu Yifan
Based on Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils by Jin Yong
Produced by Donnie Yen, Wong Jing
Starring  Donnie Yen, Chen Yuqi, Cya Liu, Wu Yue Eddie Cheung, Grace Wong, Ray Lui, Kara Wai
Cinematography : Chan Chi-ying
Edited by Li Ka-wing
Music by Chan Chi-wai
Production companies : Wishart Media, Mandarin Motion Pictures, Shaw Brothers, Jing's Production Ltd.
Distributed by Mandarin Motion Pictures (Asia), Eurozoom (France)
Release dates : January 16, 2023 (Malaysia, Singapore), January 19, 2023 (Hong Kong, Macau), January 20, 2023 (Taiwan), January 25, 2023 (South Korea), May 10 2023 (France)
Running time : 130 minutes