What do you do when you are a billionaire and also the executive chairman for one of China’s biggest companies? We suppose with so much money and power, anything is possible, and interestingly enough Alibaba’s Jack Ma has decided that he would spend his time and money at creating a martial arts movie in which he would be the star.
Yup, you read that right, after putting on a show for his staff where he put on a Michael Jackson costume and danced to the singer’s “Dangerous”, it seems that Ma’s sights are set on being a movie star. In the short film you can check out above, it sees Ma fight against a bunch of martial artists, all of whom are highly-regarded in their field.
This includes Donnie Yen, Wu Jing, Tony Jaa, Jacky Heung, Asashoryu Akinori, Zou Shiming, and Natasha Liu, with the fights choreographed by Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo-Ping, and Tony Ching, all of whom are huge names in the martial arts industry as well as the movies industry. According to a report from China Daily, it seems that Ma put in a lot of hard work into this short film, and is said to have spent 12 hours a day for 12 days to complete it, save for one day in which he had to go and meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Ma is also known to be a long-time Tai Chi practitioner, and it definitely looks like he knows what he’s doing.
Some have called the short film a vanity project for Ma, while others are claiming it is a publicity stunt for Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales, which recently managed to beat 2016’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Regardless of what it is, it is still relatively entertaining if you enjoy kung-fu flicks, so check it out above if you have some time to spare.