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Chinese film stunt man on missing Malaysia flight

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March 11, 2014 11:55 AM EST | AP

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HONG KONG (AP) — A stunt man whose credits include the acclaimed martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" and other films was among the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

Ju Kun also worked on "The Forbidden Kingdom," and he was scheduled to work on a joint Weinstein Co. and Netflix production, the pilot of a new series "Marco Polo," at a studio in Malaysia before he boarded the Malaysia Airline flight to return home to Beijing. The plane disappeared early Saturday.

A joint statement from the production partners said: "We are deeply saddened by the news about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Ju Kun, who was on board, was an integral part of our production team and a tremendous talent. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."

Zhang Ziyi, who starred in "The Grandmaster," wrote on Sina Weibo that she's hoping for a miracle. She said the missing flight was the talk of the set on her latest movie, John Woo's "The Crossing," which is now filming in Beijing.

Zhang described Ju as "sincere, kind and hardworking."

The last update on Ju's verified Sina Weibo account was on Feb. 24, when he posted a photo of himself from Pulai, Malaysia, saying: "New hairstyle. New mood." Hundreds of comments have been made on that post, many hoping he would make a safe return.