John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Set For IMAX Release (EXCLUSIVE)

John Woo's 'The Crossing' Set IMAX

John Woo’s 1945-1949-set epic “The Crossing” will be served up in IMAX format – but only in limited territories.

The big budget film, which stars Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Song Hye-kyo at the head of an ensemble pan-Asian cast, is the story of people’s lives ripped apart by the revolutionary period at the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Many of them are on board the steam ship Taiping which sank while taking emigrants from China to Keelung in Taiwan. The screenplay is by Wang Huiling (“Lust Caution,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.)

The film will release in the giant screen format in China (Dec. 2) and in Singapore, via Shaw Bros., on Dec 5.

“We are checking the interest of other territories,” said a spokesman for producer and sales agent Beijing Galloping Horse.

The release of the picture is a massively complicated affair as it will be released in two parts in certain, mostly Asian territories, in 3D and 2D versions and with different language tracks. The second instalment will release at an as yet undetermined date in 2015.

Chinese companies have accounted for most of the non-English language films to be either made in or up-converted into the IMAX format.

In China “The Crossing” is presented by Beijing Galloping Horse, LeVision Pictures, China Film Group as well as Huayi Brothers. 

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  1. Rose Sutton says:

    Congratulation THE CROSSING Part I. Best wish for THE CROSSING Part II. Could not waiting for THE CROSSING Part II!

  2. peter says:

    The film gathered lots of super stars and spent huge amount of money. However it did not acheive much in Chinese movie theaters, Most viwers give negative remarks on the film!

    • andy says:

      viewers who dissed the film were those expecting a ‘titanic’ type disaster film and disappointed by part 1 of the film which focused on personal relations and war.

      • yellowrose says:

        Director John Woo is clearly in interviews and introduction of THE CROSSING: Part I= the love among three different couples’ background. When the war happen they(three couples) separated. PART II about the SHIP.
        Have been lived in the country that endured for LONG WAR. Then loving THE CROSSING’s storyline.
        In Part I, All(Director John Woo, TOP ‘mixed stars ) did a exellent PROFFESSIONAL job!
        Part II, upcoming and very interesting movie!
        Movie TITANIC(US), cried at the end of movie when the young couple has been separated in the water…background music’s amazing! Maybe both touched my heart: story and music!
        Movie THE CROSSING(Chinese), cried at Part I because….war, young couples have been separated!
        Liking very much about romantic scenes. Waiting for Part II, surely will crying again about THE CROSSING’s story and enjoy the stars’ acting. The stars roll in three couples, they are beautiful&handsome…….attractive&chemistry!

  3. George Ebersole says:

    More power to him. He’s one of my favorite film makers, and it’ll be interesting to see what his take is on the PRC.

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