Stuntman dies, six hurt during 'Red Cliff' filming

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One stuntman died and six crew members were injured Monday in a fire on the set of John Woo's "Red Cliff."

Co-producer Lion Rock Prods. said the accident occurred while a scene was being shot that involved a burning ship crashing into another ship. High winds caused the fire to grow out of control, engulfing both ships. The accident took place at about 3 a.m. in Xiaotang Shan, on the outskirts of Beijing.

Woo received news of the accident while in Hong Kong promoting Part 1 of the two-part film, set for release in early July in most of Asia. He was traveling back to Beijing to assess the situation.

"Red Cliff" is billed as China's largest production to date. The $80 million historical drama is a co-production among U.S.-based Lion Rock, China Film Group and Japan's Avex Entertainment. (partialdiff)
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