More Yakuza Action is Coming from John Woo in 'Day of the Beast'
It's been a little while since we've seen anything from action director extraordinaire John Woo, whose last film was split into the one-two punch of Red Cliff and Red Cliff 2 a few years ago. According to ComingSoon, the director of Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2 has chosen his next film, an action-packed crime thriller called Day of the Beast, a remake of a 1963 Japanese film called Youth of the Beast. Set in Tokyo, the story follows a western outsider who gets caught in a turf war between old school Russian gangsters and a new breed of Yakuza. It definitely has potential to be good, especially told with Woo's signature action style.
Looks like the Yakuza are becoming hot commodities in movies these days. Safe House director Daniel Espinosa has a movie called The Outsider coming up that heavily involves the gang, and Warrior director Gavin O'Connor is next slated to direct a movie that's even called Yakuza. Anyone who has seen Woo's classic action films like A Better Tomorrow or even Hard Boiled will know that he has a pretty masterful grip on mafia stories, and he's got a bunch of great visual hallmarks that separate him from his contemporaries. (Slow motion doves, anyone?) I'm actually really interested to see how a movie like Day of the Beast plays to modern audiences, who are now used to more sleek-looking action films instead of Woo's more classic style. There's no start date yet, but we'll keep you posted as the project develops.