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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2009, 08:13:03 PM »
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Tom Cruise Potentially Reteaming with John Woo for Flying Tigers

John Woo's new World War II film Flying Tigers has been in the works for some time now. The fighter squadron story emerged last December when it was part of a trio of projects that Tom Cruise was circling. Since then John Woo announced that he was making the Christopher McQuarrie and Mason Alley scripted picture his next project, but there's been no further updates. Now that all changes in a packed story from Variety about New Regency's upcoming projects, we almost missed the brief mention that Tom Cruise is attached to Flying Tigers, marking his grand return to the cockpit for the first time since 1986's Top Gun.

ComingSoon also caught up with Woo recently and here's what he had to say about Flying Tigers:

"It's based on a true story in WWII, about a group of American volunteer fighter pilots who worked with the Chinese Air Force fighting with the Japanese and they won the war. Also, it's the story of Clair Chennault, and they did a great contribution for the Chinese, and the Chinese people love and respect them. The whole story is about a friendship between a Chinese and an American and [how] they worked together."

That seems like it might have been a rough translation, but we still get the idea. Aside from being a reunion for Cruise and Woo, writer Christopher McQuarrie also worked with Cruise on last year's Valkyrie, which turned out well. I've always been a fan of high flying battles, and though there have been attempts to bring back some aviation combat action, movies like Flyboys and the futuristic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow just haven't been up to par. But if this combination of talent actually comes together, I think we're in store for quite an adrenaline rush. As long as Cruise decides to take this on next following Wichita.
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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2009, 01:55:39 PM »
Interesting...another War Epic from John Woo....friendship between a Chinese and an American. How politically awesome?


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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2009, 09:50:11 AM »
The cast and crew of John Woo's upcoming romantic action thriller The Sword & The Martial Arts World (Jian Yu Jiang Hu) held a blessing ceremony in Shanghai on November 3rd.








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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2009, 06:00:20 PM »
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First look at John Woo’s ‘Rain of Swords’

The first production images from directors John Woo and Terence Chang’s upcoming wuxia film RAIN OF SWORDS have appeared. Michelle Yeoh stars as an assassin responsible for the death of a prominent court official, who comes into possession of the remains of legendary Indian prince Bodhidharma. She opts to return the remains to their rightful place but her former associates want them for a powerful secret they hold. She undergoes facial reconstruction and goes into hiding where she meets the slain official’s son (Jung Woo-sung) and falls in love without knowing his true identity. Assassins eventually catch up with Yeoh and Jung as they discover each other’s identity and a tense, three-way standoff ensues.
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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2009, 02:29:42 PM »
have u seen this?


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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2010, 08:37:13 AM »
Jianyu Jianghu Stills Come out!

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This first batch of John Woo-produced romantic martial art thriller 'Jianyu Jianghu' starring Malaysian Michelle Yeoh and South Korean Jung Woo-sung are released online Friday.

The filming has been continuing in Hengdian film base, Zhejiang Province.

Taiwan director Su Chaopin said on Thursday that the film is customized for Michelle Yeoh, who plays an assassin who falls in love with a man whose father was killed by her gang and gives up on her assassin's life.
 
South Korean actor Jung Woo-Song from 'A Good Rain Knows' will play her love interest, whose character is also a trained martial artist.

Their love blossoms but then the past comes back to haunt them.

Michelle Yeoh never disappoints audiences as a daring heroine and she is as calm and composed as in her role in Ang Lee's 'Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon.'

"Jianyu Jiangwu", literally "the rain of swords in the martial art world", also stars actors Barbie Hsu, Kelly Lin, Shawn Yu and Wang Xueqi.

The film is slated for release during this National Day holiday.




 



     

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2010, 10:05:42 AM »
annnnnnnd here's the trailer for the martial-arts film "Reign of Assassins", director John Woo's latest offering since his box-office favorite "Red Cliff".

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The star-studded cast is led by Malaysian-Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and South Korean actor Jung Woo-Sung ("A Good Rain Knows"). Together, they portray a couple embroiled in a secret plan. The supporting cast includes a line-up of Chinese stars such as Wang Xueqi, Barbie Hsu, Shawn Yue and Leon Dai.

Hollywood-based Hong Kong director John Woo co-directed the film along with writer-filmmaker Su Chao-Pin.

The 12-million-US-dollar film is set for global release this fall.

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2010, 09:15:16 AM »
John Woo to Chair Shanghai Film Fest Jury    
2010-05-13 14:35:09     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: zhucheng

The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) committee announced on Wednesday that director John Woo will be the president of this year's jury for the Golden Goblet award, the festival's top prize.

Woo will lead the jury of six other judges, whose names have yet to be announced.

Former jury presidents at the festival include Luc Besson, Danny Boyle, Wong Kar-Wai and Chen Kaige.

Woo gained international fame with the films "Hard Target", "Face/Off", "Mission: Impossible 2" and "Windtalkers". He has attended the festival several times as an honored guest, and was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema at last year's festival.

Woo will bring the leading cast of his new film, "Reign of Assassins", to the opening ceremony. The cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-Sung, Kelly Lin, Barbie Hsu, Chang Chen and Shawn Yue.

The 13th Shanghai International Film Festival will run from June 12 to 20.

Official site: http://www.siff.com/MovieEn/Default.aspx

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2010, 11:08:19 AM »

John Woo's film "Jianyu" or "Reign of Assassins" released a series of photos of Taiwan actress Barbie Hsu who portrays an assassin in the film. [Photo: Sina.com.cn]

 
   

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2010, 12:17:39 PM »
Stills Released for John Woo's 'Reign of Assassins'   
2010-07-27 16:33:52     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: shixisheng

 
Stills from "Reign of Assassins" [Photo: CFP.cn/Baidu.com]

"Reign of Assassins", acclaimed Hong Kong director John Woo's new martial-arts film starring Michelle Yeoh and Jung Woo-Sung, has released a series of stills.

Set in ancient China, the film is about a murderess (Michelle Yeoh) who retires to live in a small town with her husband, an honest and optimistic mailman (Jung Woo-Sung). However, she keeps a treasure which attracts many assassins to the town.

Michelle Yeoh is an action star with an international fan base. Her films include "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) and "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005).

South Korean actor Jung Woo-Sung rose to fame in the 1994 film "The Fox with Nine Tails". His notable films also include "Daisy" (2006) and "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" (2008).

With an investment of 14 million U.S. dollars, "Reign of Assassins" boasts a star-studded cast that also includes Wang Xueqi, Barbie Hsu, and Shawn Yue.

The film will premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival which will open on September 1. Theatrical release is set for September 28.

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2010, 11:17:09 AM »
7 Scenes from Film "Reign of Assassins" Released    
2010-07-28 16:35:53     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: yangliu

 
     


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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2010, 07:46:20 PM »
'Reign of Assassins' Unveils Fight Scenes    
2010-08-06 14:22:24     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: shixisheng

 
 
John Woo's upcoming martial-arts film "Reign of Assassins" has released a series of photo stills showing off its beautiful action scenes.

The director of many famous gun films such as "A Better Tomorrow" (1986), "The Killer" (1989) and "Mission: Impossible II" (2000) has turned to swords this time.

Set in ancient China, "Reign of Assassins" is about a murderess (Michelle Yeoh) who retires to live in a small town with her husband, an honest and optimistic mailman (Jung Woo-Sung). However, she keeps a treasure which attracts many would-be assassins to the town.

The film opens in Chinese cinemas on September 28.

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2010, 02:49:05 AM »
A Better tomorrow gets a korean remake  :shocked:



It will never reach the original  :fap





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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2010, 02:58:38 AM »
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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #34 on: August 21, 2010, 09:01:19 AM »
John Woo's "Flying Tigers" Comes in IMAX     
2010-08-20 16:34:11     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: zhucheng

Director John Woo's latest film "Flying Tigers," set to start shooting this fall, will be released in IMAX format according to the report of Hollywoodreporter.com.

Woo will work with the Creative Artists Agency and IMAX in an effort to bring a larger than life quality to his roughly $90 million 1940s war film which will feature epic aerial battles.

Woo said that he hopes to cast Liam Neeson in the leading role of Chennault. Chinese actor Liu Ye is likely to star opposite Neeson as a trainee pilot in the film.

Liu last appeared in a leading role in Lu Chuan's Nanjing Massacre picture "City of Life and Death" and plays the part of Mao Zedong in the Communist Party of China (CPC) anniversary film "Jian Dang Wei Ye," which is currently in production.

"Flying Tigers" is based on a story well known in China and the US. General Chennault's Flying Tigers squadron flew successful missions around the southwest cities against the raiding Japanese while also transporting supplies to Chinese forces.

"Flying Tigers" is currently in pre-production and will be released in 2011.

New Posters from John Woo's "Reign of Assassins"     
2010-08-20 13:12:59     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: yangliu








and finally...

 
     
Director John Woo, actors Wang Xueqi, Shawn Yue, Leon Dai, Guo Xiaodong and Li Zonghan attend the press conference in Beijing on August 19, 2010, promoting the latest film "Reign of Assassins." [Photo: CRIENGLISH]

By CRI reporter Yang Liu

John Woo's new multi-million dollar martial arts film "Reign of Assassins" set up its official website on Thursday, August 19, and released posters of the twelve leading roles.

Director John Woo, actors Wang Xueqi, Shawn Yue, Leon Dai, Guo Xiaodong and Li Zonghan attended the press conference in Beijing. At the conference, director Woo said he would like to be Jing Ke, a famous assassin during the Warring States period, if he could be a historical martial arts figure.

The upcoming film, budgeted at 14 million dollars, stars Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-Sung, Wang Xueqi, Barbie Hsu, Shawn Yue, Kelly Lin, Leon Dai, Paw Hee-Ching, Pace Wu, Guo Xiaodong, Li Zonghan and Jiang Yiyan. The all-star film has popularly been called the "film without a supporting role."

John Woo, praised for his ability to depict the friendship between men in his work, has decided to turn his attention on women. The director explained, "'Reign of Assassins' is not a film that simply focuses on kung-fu and hatred. In fact, it tells a romantic love story.''

However, all his actresses were absent from the conference. When the five main actors were asked about their collaboration with the actresses, , Dai summarized that Michelle Yeoh had strong and tender tempers in the same body, while Barbie Hsu was good at performing and very accurate.

In the posters, the twelve astrological horoscopes are used to describe each character. For instance, Michelle Yeoh, of course, is a Pisces girl, and actor Wang Xueqi belongs to Leo.

At the conference, the five actors were divided into two groups, a group of good guys and a group of bad guys, according to their characters in the film.

The three actors in the group of villains, Wang Xueqi, Leon Dai and Shawn Yue, described their combination as a cleaning company, which takes charge of killing aliens. They also showed off their own weapons, such as sword, double blades and a pair of long chopsticks.

The film will be released nationwide on September 28.

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2010, 10:59:05 AM »
John Woo Honored in Venice     
2010-09-04 10:50:06     Xinhua       Web Editor: Zhang Jin 



Director John Woo poses after receiving a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement during the closing ceremony of the 66th Venice Film Festival September 3, 2010. [Photo: Xinhua/Reuters]

Venice Film Festival artistic director Marco Mueller said that telling Chinese filmmaker John Woo he would be presented with the venerable festival's Golden Lion career honor had all the drama of one of Woo's films.

"At first, he said 'No, no, no, I don't deserve it,'" Mueller recalled Friday during a briefing for the award. "It took a lot of deep convincing from me and [long-time Woo collaborator] Terence Chang. But I don't feel we are bestowing an honor here. The prize was simply there waiting for him."



With Friday's award, Woo joins the ranks of the cinema industry giants who have won the award before him, including Orson Wells, Igmar Bergman, Luis Buuel, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Stanley Kubrick.

The career Golden Lion prize has been presented to 80 people before this year, but Friday is the first time a Chinese figure has been so honored.

"When Marco called me, my first reaction was shock," Woo told reporters. "Then I thought he might be joking. Then I felt emotional, and finally I was just grateful."

The 63-year-old Woo -- best known for his 1987 classic A Better Tomorrow and The Killer two years later -- said he dedicated the Golden Lion prize to his mother, who he said was the first person to take him to the cinema and who encouraged him to follow his cinematic dreams, and to fellow director Cheh Chang, Woo's mentor, who died eight years ago at the age of 79.

Woo was officially presented the prize in a black tie ceremony several hours after the briefing in Venice's sold-out Palazzo del Cinema, just before the world premiere of Reign of Assassins, the thriller Woo co-directed with Chao-Bin Su. Terence Chang is the producer of the film, which tells the story of a skilled assassin in ancient China.

The Reign of Assassins is Woo's third film -- following epics Red Cliff and Red Cliff II -- since Woo returned to China two years ago, after making films exclusively in Hollywood for more than 15 years, where blockbuster titles to his credit include " Broken Arrow," "Face/Off," and "Mission Impossible 2."



"I learned a lot in my years in Hollywood, and I wanted to bring what I learned back to Asia," Woo said. All three films he has made since his return blend aspects of Chinese and Hollywood traditions, according to Woo.

On Friday, he said his respect for both Chinese and Hollywood filmmaking makes him a natural ambassador for each culture to the other.



"I want to be like a bridge between cultures," Woo said. "I want to link the best from east and west in my work. I'm back in China now, but I'm not done working in Hollywood. I want to keep working in both places."

He said future projects will include his first IMAX film " Flying Tigers," a Hollywood-style remake of his award winning Chinese action film The Killer, and another remake, of the 1967 French classic "Le Samourai," originally made by Jean-Paul Melville.



This is Woo's fourth trip to Venice. He has never had a film screen in competition at the world's oldest film festival, but he was the head of the festival's 2004 "Secret History of Asian Film" initiative, he directed one of the three episodes of "All the Invisible Children," which screened out of competition in the festival in 2006, and he was the producer behind Alexi Tan's Blood Brothers, the closing film in Venice the following year.

The 67th Venice Film Festival, which called Friday "John Woo Day," got underway Wednesday and will conclude Sept. 11.

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2010, 01:11:02 PM »
"Reign of Assassins" Premieres in Hangzhou   
2010-09-15 16:09:10     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: zhucheng

 
     
Director John Woo's new swordsman film, "Reign of Assassins," billed as a "five-star commercial swordsmen film," premiered and held a press conference in Hangzhou on Tuesday, September 14, m1905.com reports.

Woo, lead actor Wang Xueqi, Barbie Hsu, Li Zonghan and Woo's daughter Angeles, who is also in the film, attended.

Wang Xueqi gave a surprising performance as the bad guy in this film, a rare appearance among his previous films. His fight scenes are also surprisingly good and won high praise from audiences.

"We saw a different Wang in this film. I admire his spirit of self-challenge," said a viewer.

Another of Wang's highlights in the film is his relationship with Barbie Hsu's character. Moviegoers said they were taken aback at the age difference - Wong is 64 and Hsu is 34 - but the previews prove the love story is well done.

Viewers said although "Reign of Assassins" is a swordsman film, it gets off the beaten track of bloody fighting, showing the natural and genuine sides of the swordsmen.

Wang Xueqi has been well-known to Chinese audiences for his role as a hero in military films and TV dramas. He won the best actor award at the Asian Film Awards this year for "Bodyguards and Assassins" (2009).

"Reign of Assassins" will hit Chinese cinemas on Sept. 28, 2010.


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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #37 on: September 28, 2010, 08:22:55 AM »
Assassins' Premieres ahead of Sept. 28 Release     
2010-09-27 14:01:27     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: Xie Tingting



The highly-anticipated martial-arts saga "Reign of Assassins" has premiered in Beijing.

 

     

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Re: [CHI] John Woo
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2011, 12:44:55 AM »
Los Angeles, 31 January 2011:

Essential Entertainment has joined Lion Rock Productions in its remake of THE KILLER in 3D, currently in   pre-production, which will be directed by John H. Lee (A Moment to   Remember, Saying Good-bye Oneday) and written by Josh Campbell. Jung Woo-Sung (Reign of Assassins, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) will star in this English language re-telling of John Woo’s iconic action masterpiece, with additional cast to be announced shortly. The film will be produced by Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II) and Terence Chang under their Lion Rock Productions banner. Essential Entertainment will be handling worldwide sales.
 
Producer John Woo said: “While all my films are special to me, THE KILLER is truly one of my favorites. We are thrilled to reinvent it as   an English-language film and know it’s in capable hands by the incredible visual style and tender emotion John H. Lee brings to all his   films.”
 
John Fremes, President of Worldwide Distribution at Essential Entertainment said: “John Woo’s THE KILLER is one of the most influential and classic action films of all-time. The 3D version will no doubt appeal to fans of the original as well as capture a new generation of enthusiasts.”
 
  Set in present day, an elite Asian assassin risks everything to   protect a beautiful singer that he unintentionally blinded, but can only   do so with the help of an LAPD detective who is trying to catch him.
 
  THE KILLER in 3D was brought into Essential Entertainment by attorney   Howard Frumes from Alexander, Nau, Lawrence, Frumes, & Labowitz,   LLP.
 
  Lion Rock Productions has also independently produced, in addition to   its numerous studio films, RED CLIFF, the highest grossing film in China   at the time of its release, as well as the upcoming martial arts   swordplay drama REIGN OF ASSASSINS, released by The Weinstein Company.
 
  In addition to THE KILLER in 3D, Essential Entertainment is handling the   international sales on Barney’s Version, The Expatriate, A Good Old   Fashioned Orgy, The Music Never Stopped, and Red Dog, which will have   its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival— screening   in competition as part of Generation 14plus.



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John Woo Launches Animated Series Online     
2011-12-21 11:37:12     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: Xie Tingting


Filmmaker John Woo and a poster of the graphic novel "Seven Brothers" [File Photo: CFP/yeedou.com]

World-renowned Chinese filmmaker John Woo has released an Internet-based animated series that is adapted from the graphic novel "Seven Brothers" that he co-created.

The first four episodes of the 13-episode series are now available on Machinima, an online video entertainment network which registers more than one billion views per month via its YouTube channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

New episodes of "Seven Brothers" will be distributed every two weeks.

Woo created the original graphic novel with comics writer Garth Ennis and artist Jeevan J. Kang. The story is set 600 years ago, showing how mighty Chinese treasure fleets set sail to reach every continent and how these voyages of discovery left behind an evil legacy as well as a plot by a powerful sorcerer to dominate the world. Now, in modern-day Los Angeles, an ancient prophecy must be fulfilled and seven men, with nothing in common but their destinies, must save the world.

"For me, working in comics is quite comfortable - it's like the ultimate storyboard," Woo was quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as saying. "The original 'Seven Brothers' graphic novel, and this new animated series, take the seed of an idea I had about famous Chinese folklore to a whole new level."

Woo collaborated with Liquid Comics and Tiger Hill Entertainment in launching the Web series.

The director is best-known by Western audiences for films he made during his years in Hollywood such as "Mission: Impossible 2" and "Face/Off".

His upcoming feature film will be a romantic story set in 1940s China, set to star Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo.

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