John Woo Hosts A News Conference For "The Crossing"
By GNC Global News Channel GNC Global News Channel
Published on May 17, 2014
Hong Kong director John Woo presented his long-awaited new movie "The Crossing" on Saturday (May 17), debuting at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The movie is the acclaimed director's first feature in over four years.
Set in the 1940s, against the backdrop of civil war, the film tells the story of three couples whose destinies are closely tied to the events unfolding in China.
Woo, one of the few Asian filmmakers to enjoy box office success in Hollywood as well as at home, told a Cannes news conference that he was spellbound by his actors' performances.
"Actually I cried every day on the set because I was touched by all my actors' performance. They always gave me a lot of great surprise and a lot of great performance," he said.
Described as Woo's 'passion project', the film stars an internationally recognised cast, including Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Dawei Tong, Song Hye-Kyo and Masami Nagasawa, who all travelled to Cannes for the launch.
Actress Song Hye-Kyo described Woo as a father figure during the making of the film.
"Our director John Woo was like my father during the process and he helped one by one in acting so that I could get used to the atmosphere so I didn't have much difficulty," she said