John Woo’s “The Crossing” Unveils New Romantic Posters

The upcoming disaster epic The Crossing <太平輪> recently released promotional posters introducing the film’s three main romantic couples, all of whom are portrayed by A-list actors from across Asia. Directed by John Woo (吳宇森), the first part of The Crossing will hit theaters on December 2, with the second installment following on May 1 of next year.

Because The Crossing takes place during the 1940s, when China was involved in a war against Japan, the backdrop of each poster depicts images of war and smoke, all seen through a mottled ship window. In the top-left corner of the posters, there is written a touching phrase that captures the unique essence of each couple.

Mainland Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and mainland Chinese actor Tong Dawei (佟大為) portray a couple hailing from the lowest rungs of society. Yu Zhen (Zhang Ziyi) is a young lady forced into prostitution by life’s vicissitudes, while Tong Daqing (Tong Dawei) is a lowly communications officer whom she meets by chance. Though their ranks are not high, their love remains true. Their poster, which shows them in a tight but somber embrace, states, “There are so many people in this world. How hard must it have been to meet you?”

Depicting a couple not bound by political ties are Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武), who plays military doctor Yan Zekun, and Masami Nagasawa (長澤雅美), who portrays a Japanese lady named Masako. Though Zekun may be seen by some to have fallen for “the enemy,” their love shows the touching nature of a cherished romance not easily won. On their poster is written, “Rather than give over my life to war, wouldn’t it be better to give it over to love?”

The third and final couple is played by mainland Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) and Korean actress Song Hye Kyo (宋慧喬). In their poster, military officer Lei Yifang (Huang Xiaoming) and rich young lady Zhou Yunfen (Song Hye Kyo) are both dressed in formal attire and are gazing into one another’s eyes while their war-torn country rages behind them. “There is nothing that I cannot bear,” it says on the poster, “apart from losing you.”

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  1. I assume is a nice movie. John Woo is a great director, I like his work. Will watch! Ziyi is great too.

  2. Looking forward to this movie. I’m interested in seeing how Takeshi Kaneshiro and Masami Nagasawa will fare as a couple.

    1. Me too. I love Takeshi Kaneshiro but I don’t know the Japanese girl. I also like Full House girl but I don’t like HXM.

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