John Woo’s “The Crossing” Begins Filming
Copyright issues, casting problems, and John Woo’s (吳宇森) own health woes delayed the production of the filmmaker’s epic The Crossing <太平輪> by nearly five years, but shooting for the film is finally underway in Beijing.
The press caught up to the secret filming of The Crossing on July 6, where a smiling Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武) was seen working on set. Wearing a black T-shirt, a pair of khaki pants, and sporting a short side-swept hairstyle, Takeshi was in high spirits. The 39-year-old was earlier criticized by netizens for aging poorly after photos of his commercial ad with an airline was released, but the critics withdrew their complaints after seeing the much more youthful Takeshi on the set of The Crossing. They praised, “The god is back!”
The Crossing, directed and produced by John Woo, tells the story of three couples who are swept in a fleeing voyage from China to Taiwan during the revolutionary year of 1949. The screenplay is helmed by Wang Huiling (王蕙玲), who co-wrote Ang Lee’s (李安) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍>, and Lust, Caution<色，戒>.
The film stars a pan-Asian cast, which includes China’s Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明), and Tong Dawei (佟大为); South Korea’s Song Hye Kyo (宋慧喬); Japan’s Masami Nagasawa (長澤雅美); and Taiwan’s Takeshi Kaneshiro. Supporting actors also include China’s Yang Guimei (杨贵媚), Taiwan’s Jack Kao (高捷), and Hong Kong’s Bowie Lam (林保怡).
A co-production between the Chinese studios Beijing Galloping Horse, China Film Group, and Zhejiang Huace Film & TV, the film is also produced by John Woo’s own Hong Kong-based Lion Rock Productions. Like John Woo’s 2008 film Red Cliff <赤壁>, The Crossing will be released in two parts.
Source: Apple Daily
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.