John Woo plans epic WWII movie

John Woo to shoot China’s most expensive film

Hong Kong action director John Woo has signed on to direct a China-Hollywood joint production about the Flying Tigers.

The movie, which will begin filming this year, is expected to cost US$100 million, which will make it the most expensive Chinese film made to date.

Woo, director of popular action movies in Hong Kong such as “Hard Boiled” and Hollywood films including “Mission: Impossible 2”, said the movie will feature the most spectacular aerial battle scenes ever seen in Chinese cinema. He added that the movie would highlight the spirit of Yunnan culture as well as Chinese heroes from World War II and the US-China friendship that led to the founding of the Flying Tigers.

“This is an extremely important production,” Woo said at the signing ceremony. “Currently, basic preparations for shooting work have already been made and in a month we’ll confirm the script. This Yunnan-themed film emphasizes China-US friendship and the contributions of the Flying Tigers and the people of Yunnan during the War of Resistance.”