Huang Xiaoming 黄晓明

The Crossing 《生死戀》 (2014)


Director: John Woo (吳宇森)

Cast:
  • Zhang Ziyi (章子怡)
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武)
  • Song Hye Kyo (宋慧喬)
  • Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明)
  • Tong Dawei (佟大為)
  • Alex Fong (方中信)
  • Bowie Lam (林保怡)
  • Tony Yang (楊佑寧).

Also Known As:
Taiping Lun <太平輪>
Pacific Wheel 《太平轮》
Love and Let Love

Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Release Date: 2014 / 2015
Genre: Drama

Production start: July 6, 2013

The movie will be released in two parts in China, with Part 1 hitting theaters on December 2 and Part 2 following in May of 2015.
 

Overview:

The Crossing is inspired by a true event that took place in 1949. Steamer Taiping was on its way from Shanghai to Keelung, Taiwan on January 27, 1949. It carried 1,500 passengers, many were refugees fleeing Communist 

China during the Chinese Civil War. Only approved of carrying 580 passengers, the steamer unfortunately hit a cargo boat en route and sank, leaving only about 50 survivors.

The Crossing will focus on the intertwining love stories of three couples and will span 60 years. Little is currently known about the characters, although reports claimed that Song Hye Kyo will play the daughter of a wealthy Shanghainese banker. Through a series of unfortunate events, she quickly learns to leave her spoiled and immature attitude behind.

A leaked cast list revealed character names. Song Hye Kyo will play Zhou Yunfen, while Zhang Ziyi is cast as Yu Zhen, Takeshi Kaneshiro as Yan Shikun, Huang Xiaoming as Lei Yifang, Tong Dawei as Tong Daqing, Alex Fong as Captain Gu, and Bowie Lam as Yuan Pite.

The post-World War II romantic epic is rumored to come in two parts, with the first part arriving in theaters at the end of 2014 and the second part in 2015. Scriptwriter Wang Hui Ling (王惠玲), who previously adapted the screenplays for Ang Lee (李安)’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍>, and Lust, Caution <色戒>, is also on-board to pen the script for this movie.

The project has been planned for a long time but had to contineously be postponed due to John Woo's illness. Now that he has recovered filming is scheduled to start in July 2013.

The film, a romantic epic set against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese War, has been hit by a series of almost farcical obstacles, and cancelled on more than one occasion. A dispute over rights to the script, originally titled 1949, saw the project put on hold indefinitely way back in 2009. The film then came back on track in late 2011, with Korean acress Song Hye-kyo as the lead, and Zhang and Taiwanese actor Chang Chen named in supporting roles. However, production had to be put on hold once more after Woo was struck down with a tumour in his throat. 

The good news now is that filming is scheduled to start in Shanghai and Taiwan within a matter of weeks (July 2013), with all three principle cast members - all of whom also starred in Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster - still on board. While the film marks a distinct change of pace for Woo, who has not helmed a film since earning a co-director credit on 2010's Reign of Assassins, the news that he is fit and healthy enough to get back to work is very encouraging.
 

Story

The Crossing is inspired by a true event that took place in 1949. Steamer Taiping was on its way from Shanghai to Keelung, Taiwan on January 27, 1949. It carried 1,500 passengers, many were refugees fleeing Communist China during the Chinese Civil War. Only approved of carrying 580 passengers, the steamer unfortunately hit a cargo boat en route and sank, leaving only about 50 survivors.

The Crossing will focus on the intertwining love stories of three couples and will span 60 years. Little is currently known about the characters, although reports claimed that Song Hye Kyo will play the daughter of a wealthy Shanghainese banker. Through a series of unfortunate events, she quickly learns to leave her spoiled and immature attitude behind.


Update 09 Aug 2013: First impressions of the film set:



 


The trailer for director John Woo's 3D Chinese epic drama The Crossing has come online (via Empire) and can be watched below. Written by Hui-Ling Wang, the movie stars Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Bowie Lam, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa.

The Crossing tells the true store of the ship Taiping, which sunk it 1949, an incident that led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members.

The movie will be released in two parts in China, with Part 1 hitting theaters on December 2 and Part 2 following in May of 2015.