John Woo directing The Crossing. Known for his films like Face/Off and Hard Boiled, Woo will be returning to his homeland in China to shoot The Crossing, a two-part saga. Woo has not been in the director’s seat for a film since his 2009 project Red Cliff II, the second of another two-part period drama reviewed here: Film Review: Red Cliff: Part 1 and here: Film Review: Red Cliff: Part 2.
The Crossing‘s story is set in 1949 revolutionary China and follows a group of three people from different backgrounds as they try to flee the hostile country by ship and set foot in Taiwan.
Wang Huiling, known for writing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and adapting Lust Caution, wrote the screenplay for The Crossing.
Mr. Woo and company will be responsible for completing the film with a small budget of $40 million dollars. The financiers of the project include Beijing Galloping Horse, a Chinese studio on the rise, and Zhejiang Huace Film & TV, a China Film Group. Woo and Terrence Chang’s company – Lion Rock Productions, will head the production.
It has been reported that an all-star cast of pan-Asian actors has been assembled for The Crossing. The list includes Tong Dawei, Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, and Song Hye-kyo of South Korea, Takeshi Kaneshiro of Taiwan, and Masami Nagasawa of Japan. The list of actors continues to grow.
John Woo has been in pre-production for Flying Dragons, a period piece set in the early days of World War II about the fight between the Chinese and Japanese. Principal photography is set to begin in early 2014, which may be subject to change based on Woo’s current filming schedule.
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