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Watch The First Promo For John Woo's Romantic Epic The Crossing

11 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

While better known internationally as an orchestrator of high-end violence and mayhem, Hong Kong director John Woo can also handle melodrama. Case in point, his upcoming two-part romantic epic The Crossing.Zhang Ziyi, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Song Hyekyo and Huang Xiaoming star in a tale about three couples whose fates coincided on the Taiwan bound Taiping steamer, which sank in the crossing from China in 1949, leaving many to call it the "Chinese Titanic". The first part will be released theatrically in China on December 2nd while the second part will be released sometime in early 2015. You'll find the first promo video, a sort of trailer Mc'd by Woo himself, embedded below....

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‘The Crossing’ Trailer: John Woo Gets Romantic

11 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After years away from the big screen, John Woo is back this year — at least in China — with The Crossing. The first installment of the two-part film hits China in December. The movie is set in 1949 and will tell the stories of three couples whose lives intersect on the doomed Taiping steamer. […]

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Extended Trailer for John Woo’s World War II Epic The Crossing

11 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

John Woo gets romantic (but somehow still manages to squeeze in plenty of groovy slow motion shots and things exploding and guns shooting machine guns) in his new historical epic “The Crossing.” The pan-Asian film tells the story of three couples caught up in the Chinese Revolution during the late 1940s, forcing them to flee to the island of Taiwan. Hmm, I wonder how that’s going to play with Mainland China? The extended trailer features Woo talking about the movie and weaves in plenty of footage of war and love and tragedy and all that good stuff from the flick. Asian audiences should eat this thing up–they love tragic love stories–and I can see it getting some traction stateside thanks to Woo’s name. Maybe. Anyways, take a look at the trailer below and decide for yourself if this is something you might want to keep an eye on. »

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Watch: First Footage From John Woo's 'The Crossing' Starring Zhang Ziyi Plus New Images & Posters

11 September 2014 6:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever since 2003’s awful “Paycheck,” John Woo has stayed away from Hollywood, returning to China to helm the two-part historical epic “Red Cliff” and co-directing the 2010 wuxia film “Reign of Assassins.” Later this year, he’s set to drop the first half of his latest sweeping period film “The Crossing,” and the film’s first featurette/trailer has arrived online. Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo among many others, the two-part film was written by “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling and centers on three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai and will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping and warfare. So, John Woo's "Titanic"? Lasting under three-and-a-half minutes, the trailer features a lot of impressive footage —war scenes, sinking boats, swooning scenes between lovers— from the two-part film cut alongside an Epk-style interview with Woo »

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Opens in China in December

10 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

John Woo has been quiet for several years as he dealt with throat cancer, and as government script approval was delayed for his latest film, but he’s ready to return to cinema screens with a new two-part epic. Much as his last major effort, Red Cliff, was a two-part tale drawn from Chinese history, so […]

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John Woo’s The Crossing to open Dec 2

9 September 2014 9:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Beijing Galloping Horse has set the China release date for the first part of John Woo’s upcoming epic drama The Crossing for December 2.

Starring Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, the film revolves around three couples on a liner that sinks during its crossing between mainland China and Taiwan.

Woo also confirmed that the movie was delayed in 2012 by his diagnosis of cancer. He first heard the story of the ill-fated Taiping liner from scriptwriter Wang Huiling in 2008 and was moved to make an historical romantic drama that would portray events during a tumultuous time in China’s history.

“While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” said Woo.

The Crossing is produced by Beijing Galloping Horse, Le Vision »

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John Woo Sets ‘Crossing’ Release for December

9 September 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Toronto — John Woo’s epic drama “The Crossing” will hit be distributed in two parts with the first hitting Chinese theaters on Dec. 2, producer Beijing Galloping Horse has confirmed.

The second part will be released at an undetermined date in early 2015.

Scripted by Wang Huiling (“Lust, Caution”), the 1949-set picture includes overlapping stories of several couples who find themselves on the ocean liner “Taiping,” which sinks during the crossing between mainland China and Taipei. Its features an ensemble cast including Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tong Dawei.

Woo confirmed that the production was initially delayed, in 2012, by his fight with throat cancer. “While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” John Woo said.

Woo likens the story to »

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Versatile acquires Chan’s Dearest

2 September 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Chinese child abduction film to screen in Toronto following world premiere in Venice. 

Paris-based Versatile has acquired international sales on Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s child abduction drama Dearest ahead of a Special Presentation screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).

“It’s gives us great pleasure to be working with an Asian film by a director with such a strong international reputation and track record,” said Boye.

The deal was sealed at the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6) where the film was given a high profile Out of Competition world premiere in the presence of the director and key cast last week (Aug 28).

“We’ve been interested in the film for some time and wanted to meet the makers in person in Venice to seal the deal,” said Versatile co-chief Pape Boye

Boye and Versatile co-chief Violaine Pichon brokered the deal with Chan and Katherine Lee of We Distribution Limited, the sales arm »

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China’s LeTV to raise $430 Million for Expansion

17 August 2014 10:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Chinese online video group LeTV.com says it is to raise some $431 million for expansion.

The company revealed that Citic Securities, China’s leading investment bank and part of state-owned Citic Group, has subscribed for new shares worth RMB500 million ($81.0 million).

The two companies say that the investment is part of a wider co-venture in Internet investment and innovative financial products.

The company is one of China’s top three online video platforms and is the parent of producer and distributor LeVision Pictures, distributor of the recent hits “Tiny Times,” and the upcoming John Woo-directed “The Crossing”.

The Citic investment is part of a wider plan for LeTV.com to raise RMB4.5 billion. Subscribers to the share placements are expected to include LeTV’s parent company, Leshi Internet Informaton & Technology, Beijing Lancapital Funds Management, Ningbo Jiuyuan Fund and Beijing Jintai Zhonghe Investment. Some 129 million new shares will be issued at RMB39.29 each, »

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U.S. Majors Recover Box Office Ground in China in a Year of Solid Growth

25 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The U.S. majors enjoyed a big comeback at the Chinese box office in the first half of 2014, after stumbling in 2013 — but with the local B.O. growing by 25% over the same period in 2013, there’s enough upside for local filmmakers, too.

“China has been growing at this pace for the past five years,” says Y.C. Chu, g.m. of Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures. “We see no reason to think it will stop any time in the next five years, and if you have good cinemas, we can see growth continuing for seven years.”

Indeed, Emperor has redoubled its bet in the territory, recently diversifying from production, finance and distribution into mainland Chinese exhibition for the first time, inaugurating a 12-plex in the Guangdong Province city of Foshan just last month.

The Chinese box office delivered a cumulative gross of RMB13.6 billion ($2.2 billion) in the January to June period, »

- Patrick Frater

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Oriental DreamWorks Unveils Chinese Live-Action Slate

16 June 2014 2:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shanghai — Oriental DreamWorks, the joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and a trio of Chinese companies, has unveiled a diversified live-action and animation development slate of third-party content.

The Shanghai-based company has struck development deals with a trio of local Chinese companies, spanning five feature film projects.

This is a significant departure from the company’s previous mission, which was originally focused on in-house developed animated features, such as the now in production “Kung Fu Panda 3.” The change of tack was first signalled by Variety in September last year.

Odw has struck a multi-picture development deal with Dreams of Dragon Pictures, the Chinese company which was previously an investor in the the Wachowski brothers and Tom Tykwer’s “Cloud Atlas.”

The deal includes an untitled historical period epic based on a screenplay by Wang Huiling, who previously wrote “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and whose novel is currently being filmed as “The Crossing” by John Woo. »

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China’s Mature Dealmaking at Cannes Proves It’s a Player on the World Stage

28 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seeing Gong Li on the Croisette for Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home” was a reminder of the last time she trod the carpet at Cannes for a Zhang film — in 1995 for “Shanghai Triad.” And while that wasn’t so long ago, it seems like eons considering the great leap forward made by the Chinese film industry ever since.

Shanghai Triad” was an early French-Chinese co-production, but it was an exception. This year, Cannes has been full of signs that such cooperation is becoming more normal, and that the Chinese film industry is on its way to becoming a more global citizen. 

The interesting mix of colleagues with Gong on the red carpet at the May 20 “Coming Home” screening embodied the nation’s new approach to the international film biz: producer Bill Kong (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), director Zhang and actor Chen Daoming (“Hero”), all Cannes regulars; and Croisette newbies Jerry »

- Patrick Frater

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Keira Knightley’s ‘Begin Again’ Acquired for China Release

14 May 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In its first major transaction, Ivanhoe Pictures is teaming with Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co. to acquire Chinese theatrical and platform rights for musical comedy “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightley as an undiscovered singer and Mark Ruffalo as a producer.

The deal comes nine months after the movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

It’s the first acquisition for Ivanhoe, which launched at Toronto on the same day that the Weinstein Co. acquired U.S. rights to the movie, then called “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” for $7 million.

The film is slated for theatrical debuts across major North American and European territories later this summer.

Ivanhoe Pictures was formed to finance and produce film and TV projects with global audience appeal, particularly in China, India, Korea and Japan. It’s also in development on Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” and has launched four-year multipicture co-financing deal with »

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John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ To Be Released In 3D

15 April 2014 11:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beijing — John Woo’s upcoming epic “The Crossing” is to be presented in stereoscopic 3D.

The decision to convert to 3D, along with its star cast that includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei almost guarantees the pic will be a massive hit in China. Middle Kingdom audiences are still hugely enamored with 3D spectaculars and the nation’s new-build multiplexes are predominantly digitally and 3D equipped.

The film is to be released in two parts in China and some parts of Asia, with a single international edition available in other territories. The first part is set for release in late December this year, while the second is being aimed at the Chinese New Year-Valentine’s Day slot in early 2015.

The $50 million budget picture is a 1949-set story of multiple couples whose destiny is closely tied to dramatic events unfolding in revolutionary China. It ends with the »

- Patrick Frater

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John Woo to head Beijing jury

11 March 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Action director to head Tiantan awards jury at Beijing International Film Festival.

Chinese director John Woo is to head the jury for the competition section of the fourth Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23).

A head of the Tiantan awards jury, the Face/Off director will help select winners of 10 prizes including best film, director, actors, screenplay, cinematography, music and VFX.

Official results will be announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of April 23.

Woo, best known for A Better Tomorrow, is currently in post-production on period action drama The Crossing, set during the revolutionary period of 1949 and backed by Beijing Galloping Horse. It will be released in two parts in Asia, with the first set for release at the end of 2014. »

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John Woo to Head Beijing Festival Jury

11 March 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mumbai — Chinese director John Woo has been set as the head of the jury for the competition section of the upcoming Beijing Intl. Film Festival.

The fourth edition of the fest will run April 16-23 at various locations around the Chinese capital.

The Tiantan awards jury will disburse 10 prizes.

Woo, best known for “A Better Tomorrow,” as well as Face/Off” and “Mission: Impossible II,” is in post-production on “The Crossing,” a big-budget action drama set during the revolutionary fervor of 1949. Backed by Beijing Galloping Horse, the film will be presented as a two-parter in Asia, with the first releasing at the end of the year.

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John Woo to Head Jury at Beijing Film Festival

11 March 2014 3:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hong Kong director John Woo will head the international jury at the Beijing International Film Festival in April. Woo's jury will decide the winners of this year's Tiantan Awards, handed out annually at the event in 10 categories -- for best feature, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay, cinematography, music and visual effects. Photos: China Box Office 2013: The Top 10 Movies In Asia, Woo is best known for his Hong Kong features The Killer and A Better Tomorrow, and in Hollywood he made Broken Arrow and Face/Off. His next movie, The Crossing, widely touted as China’s answer to

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Promo Poster for John Woo’s The Crossing Starring Zhang Ziyi and Kaneshiro Takeshi

20 February 2014 10:24 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Our next promo poster on display during Steve's visit to Berlin for the European Film Market is a film that folks in the know are calling "the Chinese Titanic":  John Woo's The Crossing.  Woo's last film came in 2009, so his return to the director's chair likely interested prospective buyers during the acquisitions market.  Starring Zhang Ziyi and Kaneshiro Takeshi, the two-part love story follows three couples fleeing China for Taiwan on a steamer during the 1949 revolution.  Hit the jump for more on The Crossing and to check out the promo poster. Here's what Woo had to say about The Crossing (via THR): “I’ve wanted to make this movie for a long time, because people always see me as an action director, but they don’t realize that I can make romantic love stories, too. I wanted to make a film that showed a turbulent period in modern history, »

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Berlin: John Woo Returns to Filmmaking in a Big Way With 'The Crossing'

5 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With lensing done on The Crossing, John Woo’s return to movies after a four-year break, the legendary Hong Kong director is keen to show he is just as comfortable with a big love story as he is with violent shootouts. Beijing Galloping Horse, the Chinese studio behind the $40 million feature, dubbed “the Chinese Titanic” by local media, is doing advance sales in Berlin. The two-part feature, which is based on a true story, is a love story about three couples fleeing China for Taiwan on a steamer during the 1949 revolution. The ship sank after colliding with a

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Death of Li Ming, Galloping Horse Boss, Is Suspicious, Reports Say

28 January 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The recent death of Li Ming, 47-year-old chairman of Chinese film production, finance, and vfx company Beijing Galloping Horse, happened while he was in police custody under interrogation, reports say.

Le Monde, France’s leading daily newspaper, last week carried a full page news story about the death in suspicious circumstances on Jan. 2, of the well-known and well-liked media boss.

The paper reports that Li was in police custody at the time.

When Li became agitated during interrogation, investigators allegedly administered two doses of sedative by injection, Le Monde reported. The paper quotes an unnamed source as saying that the authorities wanted to “tranquilize” Li, but it does not say whether his death was an accident or deliberate. Other reports suggest that Li had underlying heart problems.

Li was apparently taken in for questioning as part of a wider investigation into high-level corruption. Le Monde describes a system known as »

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