Pop Singer Teams with Shaolin Master For Feature Film

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For the first time in the history of film making ,a genuine 34th generation Shaolin master is to co-star in a feature film.

"The Turtle And The Sea is a story of love where Eastern and Western cultures collide "

With his success in making kung fu training DVDs, Shifu Yan Lei can now add acting to his list of accomplishments. Yan Lei is to co-star in a feature film early next year.

"I met him when he first came to the UK," says Cat Goscovitch, former artist of Sony and the screenwriter of the film, "He only knew a few words of English so he had to be very creative with his use of language. After the class I used to go home and write what he'd said down. It's this language that forms the basis of his screen character."

The Turtle And The Sea is an endearing and slightly comical love story about a talented musician and her martial artist and their fight to save the life of his mother back in China.

"The two characters come from very different backgrounds," says Shifu Yan Lei. "It's made even more extreme because my character has spent his life closeted in a temple training in martial arts."

Opting to use a genuine martial artist and a real singer, the producers believe will enrich the film and make it more authentic.

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