Director John Woo (吳宇森) recently announced that his highly anticipated disaster epic, The Crossing <太平輪>, will be split into two movies. The first installment will open in theaters on December 2, with the second part reaching theaters on May 1 of next year.
The Crossing, which boasts a star-studded cast including Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武), Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), Tong Dawei (佟大為), Korean actress Song Hye Kyo (宋慧喬), and Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa (長澤雅美), tells the story of three star-crossed couples, whose lives are shaken by war and disaster in the 1940s. Spanning a timeline of 60 years, The Crossing underscores the idea that love can redeem and defeat any and all difficulties.
Woo first came up with the idea for The Crossing in 2008, when he decided that he wanted to film a movie epic that would tell the shocking and hidden perils during a historic time of turmoil. However, in 2012, right before filming was scheduled to begin, Woo suddenly fell ill and had to go to America for medical treatment.
“One day when I was sitting on my hospital bed, I saw a really bad movie,” Woo shared. “I suddenly felt that I couldn’t just die like this. I couldn’t die without filming a movie that I feel would be perfect.”
Now, six years after Woo’s initial inspiration, The Crossing is ready for audiences’ eyes. With a price tag of 400 million RMB, the movie is sure to dazzle viewers with its captivating plot, richly drawn characters, and extensive special effects. In fact, Woo insisted on staying in the editing room before his body had fully recovered, in order to oversee the film’s post-production editing and ensure the highest quality.
John Woo Discusses Inspiration Behind “The Crossing”
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This article is written Joanna for JayneStars.com.