|Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tong Dawei, Song Hye-Kyo, John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming|
courtesy of mingpao.com
John Woo (Ng Yu Sum)'s return to directing after six years, the epic war romance THE CROSSING I (TAI PING LUN: LUEN SAI FAU SUN) yesterday held a press conference in Beijing. Director Ng Yu Sum led Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo), Song Hye-Kyo, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei, Faye Yu Feihong, Tony Yang and others in attendance. At the press conference the "love as the war spreads" version trailer, he admitted that he always wanted to make an epic romance. This time visual effects of the war, the pier and others cost 400 million. He finally got his wish to fulfill. The press conference was thoughtful decorated as an important set in the film, a retro photography studio. The director and the stars immediately took a "family photo".
The actors at the event had a cheerful reunion like they have returned to the set. Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-Kyo and Gum Sing Mo admitted that they were very happy to see each other again. The production was very harmonious and very comfortable. Song Hye-Kyo even praised both her co-stars Gum Sing Mo and Huang Xiaoming as great actors, she was very fortunate to work with both. Song Hye-Kyo was the most sentimental about the Putonghua dialogue. Because she wanted to play this Shanghai born and raised rich girl, she hoped to be able to perform in Putonghau. She also hired a tutor. Thus she was even more able to get into her character. It was the greatest challenge. Her on screen husband Huang Xiaoming supported Song Hye-Kyo and said that she was professional, her Putonghua was very accurate. He revealed that his character was very manly and would protect her like a princess. Gum Sing Mo was very happy to be able to work with the director again, saying that the director often gave him many and great performance opportunities. However this character was very difficult for him. When asked where his difficulty lay, he said that everyone will be able to see it after the film's release.
Ng Yu Sum recalled the production experience and said that THE CROSSING completed his years of dreaming about making a romantic film. In order to perfectly bring the epic in his mind to life, he not only supervised the prop team's 1 to 1 scale revival of the Tai Ping ferry, constructions of giant Shanghai and Keelung piers; when he was commanding tens of thousands of people in a major scene, he also asked the assistant director to explain the scene to each and other extra in the crowd and was not lax at all about the control of details. Ng Yu Sum even revealed the meaning of the film's English title THE CROSSING.