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30 Aug 2010

John Woo's Flying Tigers in WWII

I know that heading may be a bit confusing at first sight. Anyway, legendary director John Woo's next film has been announced: Flying Tigers. The film focuses on the 1st American Volunteer Group during WWII.

Woo will direct the film, with Terence Chang producing the Hollywood-China production. Filming will start in Spring 2011.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Woo has one Liam Neeson to play U.S. Army Air Corp Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault (if you didn't know, he trained Chinese fighter Pilots to fight against the Japanese). Liu Ye is also being spotted to play the pilot in training.

If that wasn't good enough, Woo also said "It has always been a dream of mine to explore shooting with IMAX cameras and to work in the IMAX format, and the strong visual element of this film is incredibly well-suited to the tastes of cinemagoers today. Using IMAX for Flying Tigers would create a new experience for the audience, and I think it would be another breakthrough for Chinese movies." Yep, its coming to IMAX!

If you want to prepare for its release, the film was released back in 1942 starring John Wayne.

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