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Christian Bachini: Italian seeks kung-fu stardom in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — At a Shanghai building site, a man in a black Stetson looks over his shoulder at two approaching thugs. Four others appear, fists raised. They lock eyes and the cowboy springs up in a whirlwind of kicks. The scene is from “Shangdown: The Way of the Spur”, an independent kung-fu spaghetti western, and the cowboy is Christian Bachini, a 25-year-old Italian actor who came to Shanghai to become an action star. Bachini grew up in Prato, the Tuscan city that has become a symbol of globalisation after Chinese immigrants poured in to transform the traditional textile trade. But as a boy, he dreamed of going the other way to make movies. “People thought I was crazy,” Bachini told AFP at a Shanghai gym after a workout incorporating the tiger, praying mantis and drunken fist forms of kung-fu. Jackie Chan’s “Supercop” inspired Bachini to become an actor, and Prato’s vibrant Chinese community meant he could learn the Hong Kong star’s moves from real kung-fu masters. After 13 years of kung-fu training, five years of practicing gymnastic-style “tricking” stunts, five years of acting school and six months of Mandarin classes, Bachini left for China in 2009. He saw little choice. […]

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