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Many actors in Hong Kong or Hollywood would like to work with John Woo (Ng Yu Sum). He himself has actors who he would like to work with, like Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King) who he has already wanted to work with over a decade ago. However despite both went from Hong Kong to Hollywood and often saw each other in Hollywood, they never worked with each other. However this time as a producer for the wuxia film REIGN OF ASSASSINS (GIM YU), he successfully landed Michelle, Korean hunk Jung Woo-Sung, Shawn Yue Man Lok, Big S (Barbie Hsu) and others to create a new generation wuxia epic. He not only fulfilled his dream but also hoped for the audience to experience how an action film could fight with real emotions.
In John's eyes, Michelle was someone who was bold, caring and magnanimous. He always admired this woman of real emotions. After working together for the first time, John still had nothing but praise for Michelle. Because she personally performed 90% of her stunts, she opened his eyes. She was very similar to her character in the film. Both bravely gave for love and both were tough but tender. John even deliberately chose Korean hunk Jung Woo-Sung to team with Michelle. Because the male lead was an ordinary country man, if a big star who everyone recognized played him he would not be convincing. John also revealed that Jung Woo-Sung in order to overcome the language barrier put into a lot of hard work, which made him respect him very much.
Jung Woo-Sung felt very honored to be able to work with John but did not feel any pressure. He said that every time John went to watch their shoot he was very quiet and did not speak much. He only watched whether the shoot was successful and showed that he cared. John's humble attitude made him respect him even more. However Jung Woo-Sung honestly said that he was worried his Korean style action would be strange to Mainland viewers. However after the shoot he felt very nature and at ease. As for the future, he would like to be able to work with even more Hong Kong actors. Andy Lau Tak Wa, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and good friend Leon Lai Ming were the most memorable for him because they had their own style.
Choosing producing instead directing, John gave the important duty to SILK's Taiwan director Su Chao-Bin. John praised the writer/director for his new style wuxia film. Su Chao-Bin asked Yue Man Lok to play an assassin because Lok Jai caught his eye in INVISIBLE TARGET (NAM YI BOON SIK). He thought Lok Jai was very vicious in his fights. John also complimented Lok Jai's performance as a pleasant surprise for him.