August 13, 2008 / 1:53 AM / 10 years ago

Woo's war movie sets domestic record in China

BEIJING (Hollywood Reporter) - China’s costliest film, director John Woo’s third-century naval war epic “Red Cliff,” has set a new box office record for a domestic movie, putting it within reach of the country’s all-time record-holder, “Titanic.”

Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, Hong Kong director John Woo, his wife, Annie Woo Ngau Chun-lung, Taiwan-born actor Takeshi Kaneshiro and Taiwan actress/model Lin Chi-ling pose (R-L) for a group photo during a news conference for their new film "Red Cliff" in Taipei July 8, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

Earning 302 million yuan ($44.04 million) in the month since its July 10 opening, “Red Cliff” smashed the previous domestic record held by “Curse of the Golden Flower,” a report published late Monday on, said.

“Curse” earned 286 million yuan and got Olympics opening ceremony director Zhang Yimou nominated for an Oscar in 2006.

“Red Cliff,” an $80 million film starring Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro, is expected to reach the 360 million yuan haul of “Titanic,” an unidentified official of the China Film Group, Woo’s producer and distributor, told

“Red Cliff” will open the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 18. A sequel is due in December.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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