18 Apr – Hong Kong director John Woo recently denied that his upcoming movie, "The Crossing" is the Chinese version of Hollywood's hit 1997 movie, "Titanic".
As reported on Mingpao, while speaking to the media at the wrap-up ceremony on 16 April, John, whose latest movie is about the fate of three couples aboard the historical Tai Ping Ferry which sunk in 1949, stated that the movie's plot is not at all similar to "Titanic".
John stated that "Titanic" was a love story that took place on a ship. But "The Crossing" is a story of fate, as these characters were fleeing from the war-torn China to Keelung, Taiwan.
"The wartime background brought each person a different fate, so if there is any comparison, I would say it is closer to "Gone with the Wind"," said John.
John also expressed his awe with his actors, Zhang Ziyi, Tong Dawei, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Masami Nagasawa, Huang Xiamong, and Song Hye-Kyo, saying that each and every one of them have performed outstandingly.
In regards to HKFA Best Actress Zhang Ziyi, John said, "I believed that directors who have worked with her like Wong Kar Wai, Ang Lee, and Zhang Yimou would be rather happy because she would exceed expectations and work even harder than the director would ask."