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Movie title may need rethink for US/UK markets; director Dante Lam brings in Olympic bronze medallist Lee Wai Sze to coach actors

A Hong Kong action film director is turning his attention to professional cycling for his latest venture, but its name, Breaking Wind, may need a rethink if it is to be released in the UK and US markets - and not just to avoid confusion with seminal American cycling flick, Breaking Away.

Due for release in 2015, the movie is scheduled to begin shooting in Italy in June and will follow a group of pro cyclists as they prepare for races, says Yahoo! News Singapore.

The film is the work of Dante Lam, a leading director in the Hong Kong action film genre, whose past work includes the 2008 movie, Beast Stalker, which won him a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director.

His 2013 film Unbeatable was the highest-grossing movie of the summer in Hong Kong and won praise from audiences and critics alike.

Stars of his forthcoming cycling-related film include Eddie Peng, Ethan Ruan and Carlos Chan, and Lam is said to have brought Hong Kong’s London 2012 women’s Keirin bronze medallist Lee Wai Sze – also known as Sarah Lee – to help train the actors.

Lam said: "Eddie's muscle tone is not compatible with a professional cyclist at the moment, and he needs to lose more weight."

Given the director's martial arts and action movie pedigree, we'd like to think there would be a re-enactment of that infamous 2010 post-finish line fracas between Carlos Barredo and Rui Costa.

Breaking Wind is not to be confused with the 2012 straight-to-DVD spoof of vampire franchise The Twilight Saga, which got a less than favourable reception from the critcics – “nothing prepares you for the ineptness and crassness of this ‘Twilight’ parody,” said Time Out.

Here's a trailer for Lam's latest film, That Demon Within, which is due to bring the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival to a close next month.

Finally, here's the trailer for 1979's Breaking Away, a perennial favourite among many cyclists.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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allez neg [497 posts] 2 years ago
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Perfect for a peachy cameo by Greg Lemond?

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Rowerowy [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Interesting. IMHO so far the best cycling movie was french "Les triplettes de Belleville". But it is animation with very moody design, not everyone might like it  10

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pants [238 posts] 2 years ago
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Everyone knows the best cycling film is 'Quick Silver' wit Kevin Bacon in it haha.

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jova54 [649 posts] 2 years ago
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Rowerowy wrote:

Interesting. IMHO so far the best cycling movie was french "Les triplettes de Belleville". But it is animation with very moody design, not everyone might like it  10

Or the even better 'Belleville Rendezvous'.  16

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 2 years ago
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Someone asked me what the purpose of drafting/chaingangs was some time ago, without thinking I told them that the guy at the front was breaking the wind for the rest of them. I don't they were so keen on trying cycling after that...

As for films, I did enjoy American Flyers as a kid.

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Simmo72 [595 posts] 2 years ago
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it has been renamed
'Spandex Ninja: The pedals of fury' is the latest title.

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usedtobefaster [168 posts] 2 years ago
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+1 for American Flyers

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MKultra [396 posts] 2 years ago
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My most recent guilty pleasure was the "fixed-ploitation" film Premium Rush. Paper thin plot of course yet I sat watching it grinning like a freshly lobotomized mental patient. Otherwise Breaking Away has to be one of the better cycling films at least until Virtual Light by William Gibson gets the film or box set treatment. American Flyers annoys me as Costner seems terribly healthy for a bloke about to kark it from an AVM at any second.

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herohirst [71 posts] 2 years ago
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Best line in Breaking Away from the bemused Dad;
"I'tie Food! I don't want no I'tie Food! I want American food! Bring me French Fries!"

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herohirst [71 posts] 2 years ago
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Best line in Breaking Away from the bemused Dad;
"I'tie Food! I don't want no I'tie Food! I want American food! Bring me French Fries!"

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herohirst [71 posts] 2 years ago
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"Breaking Wind" movie soundtrack to be recorded by new supergroup collaboration between Dire Straits and Chris Rea.

aka, "Dire-Rea".

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Rupert [188 posts] 2 years ago
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Rowerowy wrote:

Interesting. IMHO so far the best cycling movie was french "Les triplettes de Belleville". But it is animation with very moody design, not everyone might like it  10

Definitely agree with this, if you haven't seen "Les triplets de belleville" your life is not complete.  4