Michelle Yeoh is set to star in a martial arts film, Jianyu Jianghu, which will be co-directed by John Woo and Taiwanese director Su Chao-pin.
Woo will supervise and Su execute the direction of the film, which is scheduled to start shooting in China this September. The literal translation of the Chinese title is Rain Of Swords In The Martial Arts World.
Yeoh talked about the film yesterday on the closing day of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). Taipei-based Stellar Entertainment, a talent agency set up by Yeoh and Woo’s long-term producer Terence Chang, later confirmed the project and tentative title.
The story and financial backers of the project have not been disclosed, but Chang and Stellar’s Taipei-based managing director David Tang will be involved as producers.
Su, who previously directed Silk and scripted Chen Kuo-fu’s Double Vision, signed with Stellar earlier this year. The agency now represents all of Su’s script-writing and directorial projects.
Stellar previously co-produced Dirt, Rich In Shanghai with Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment, Sil-Metropole Organization and Taiwan’s Tosoa Entertainment. The romantic comedy will be released in Chinese-speaking territories in October.
Woo, who attended SIFF’s opening ceremony on June 13, also told local press that he had been preparing a martial arts film, a film set in World War II and a project in which he will collaborate with Chow Yun-fat.