ASPIRING KUNG FU star Jason Wu Jing (pictured right) is inquisitive. On the set of Drunken Monkey, his co-star Sammy Lau Wing-kin calls him a 'problematic kid' because he asks way too many questions. Even the film's director kung fu master Lau Kar-leung spent a lot of time explaining each body movement in detail before shooting. Wu, a former martial arts athlete denies he was challenging the master, saying that he was seizing the opportunity to learn. 'I had to ask a lot of questions in the beginning,' Wu tells SYP from Beijing. 'I was trained in the Northern style of kung fu but in the film I had to perform the Southern style. I wanted to know the reason behind each move so that I could perform better. Master Lau was very patient with me.' Drunken Monkey is a tribute to kung fu, and this is a culture, says Wu. 'Some say that it's dumb to move your body around but it's in fact very brainy. Every movement has a deep meaning,' he says. While kung fu stars from the last generation such as Jet Li and Donnie Yen have landed up in Hollywood, there is a desperate need for new blood to fill their shoes. The 29-year-old baby-faced Wu, a former member of the Beijing Wushu (martial arts) Team and a graduate from Beijing University of Sports, just sounds perfect. Wu began his martial arts training at the age of six, but it was not his idea. 'I come from a wushu family. My dad and my aunt knew kung fu very well and they thought that I should be trained,' says Beijing born and bred Wu. 'But I didn't want to. Once I ran away from [the Beijing Wushu Academy] and splashed water on my face before going back home, pretending that I had a hard day.' Wu repeated his new routine for half a month, until his father discovered his secret. 'He kicked me out of the garden. I landed on the ground seven metres away from him. That's the only time I got beaten, and since then I never skipped school.' Wu says that becoming a movie star was an accident. One day directors Cheung Sing-yim and Yuen Wo-ping, who discovered Li and made him star of the successful Shaolin Temple series, came to Beijing to look for new talent. 'They found my coach, who was also a coach of Jet Li. My coach didn't want to let anyone go because we had to prepare for the competitions ahead. But somehow my name was mentioned, and my coach let them take me, unwillingly,' says Wu. It was 1995, and Wu got to play the leading role in Tai Chi 2. 'I was absolutely thrilled because that was only my first movie, and Christy Chung Lai-tai played my girlfriend. She played Jet Li's girlfriend before!' he says. Wu hopes to be as successful as Li one day. 'But I hope more to be a professional actor, not just a star,' he says.