Chinese Epic Loses the Plot as Actors Quit £40m Project РJustin McCurry

From Guardian Unlimited:

It is a film with as many twists and turns as any thriller. But the plot of The Battle of Red Cliff (˵§Â£Å‰πãÊàò), John Woo‘s (Âê¥ÂÆáÊ£Æ) multimillion-dollar Chinese epic, started to unravel as soon as the director snapped shut his clapperboard.

Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who won best actor at Cannes in 2000 for In the Mood of Love, was the first to go, saying Red Cliff came too soon after completion of his most recent film, Ang Lee‘s Lust, Caution. Then his co-star, Chow Yun-fat, stormed off the set in a rage after complaining that he had been sent the script too late and had not been given enough time to prepare….[Full Text]

– Photos show the set of warlord Cao Cao‘s commanding center and one of five battle ships (from Tianjin Daily via Monkeypeaches )
– Read the background of the historical events in the movie here

April 19, 2007, 11:13 PM
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