John Woo's 'Flying Tigers' Will Be Soaring onto IMAX Screens

August 30, 2010
Source: Deadline

Flying Tigers

Though he's taken the action genre to so many new levels of intensity, director John Woo is still venturing into uncharted territory. Deadline reports the filmmaker will see his World War II set story Flying Tigers digitally remastered for the IMAX Experience. The film follows an American Volunteer Group and its later incarnation as the 14th Air Force during WWII. Led by Air Force Gen. Claire Chennault, the joint air forces consisted of American and Chinese pilots flying side by side against the Empire of Japan. The conversion to IMAX is akin to converting to 3D, and sadly doesn't have the same quality as shooting with IMAX cameras.

Still, Woo is apparently excited to be working with the format at all. He says, "It has always been a dream of mine to explore shooting with IMAX cameras and to work in the IMAX format and the strong visual element of this film is incredibly well-suited to the tastes of cinemagoers today. Using IMAX for Flying Tigers would create a new experience for the audience and I think it would be another breakthrough for Chinese movies." At first it sounds like they're shooting in the IMAX format, but then he's quick to remember that they're only working with the format for this to be shown in IMAX theaters. It should be interesting to see Woo bring his signature action style to the skies, hopefully with top quality IMAX remastering, too. What do you think?

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sweet, there in 2-D.

Xerxex on Aug 30, 2010


John Woo. Not a fan.

Eli on Aug 30, 2010


@ Ethan and @ Nethanel, I really have to disagree with you both on this. Firstly, blowing up a print from 35mm to 70mm is definitely not akin to converting 2d to 3d...i mean, yes it's cheating so there is that...but a print blown up to 70mm looks exactly the same, the human eye would be unable to perceive the differences, and since it's film that's being blown up, not video, it could looks really great. There are many great examples of this, and no bad examples... The only really thing is that yes, it wasn't shot on IMAX stock, IMAX stock looks effing fantastic at 70mm, really crisp and beautiful(almost as good as a 4k digital master a la the Blade Runner screeening at Warner Bros two years back). And when they show it in IMAX it won't take up the top and bottom frame of the screen... And "Dark Knight" was partially shot on IMAX, but maybe Nathanel was referring to the segments shot in traditional 35mm...although I'm pretty sure "Inception" was shot in 70mm.

LINKFX on Aug 31, 2010


... I liked 'Red Cliff 1&2'... so who knows? ... and 'Hard Boiled' as well 😛

LW on Aug 31, 2010


Sweet. Can't wait.

Joseph on Aug 31, 2010


Great news!

Gary the Bruce on Aug 31, 2010


Ive been waiting for this movie to come out for years. Finally some progress!

Chase on Aug 31, 2010

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