John Woo Back to Directing for Chinese Revolution Film 'The Crossing'
It's been four years since Face/Off and Hard Boiled director John Woo was behind the camera, his last effort being the two-part period drama Red Cliff. Now Woo is getting back to his roots and his homeland as Variety reports the filmmaker is now in production on a film called The Crossing, which sounds like another epic tale set during wartime. The film from Lust Caution and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon co-writer Wang Huiling follows three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan in the heart of revolutionary China in 1949. Maybe a foreign Oscar nominee?
The film is a lower budget work for Woo with only a $40 million budget. However, just like his Red Cliff saga, this story will also be told in two parts with a pan-Asian cast of some of the brightest and best talent including Tong Dawei, Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Song Hye-kyo from South Korea, Takeshi Kaneshiro from Taiwan and Masami Nagasawa from Japan. That may not mean much to American audiences (well, aside from Zhang Ziyi), but apparently this is an all-star cast. In the meantime, Woo is still planning on making Flying Tigers, potentially in 2014. Interested?