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SHANGHAI — One stuntman died and six crew members were injured Monday morning in a fire on the set of John Woo’s “Red Cliff.”
Co-producer Lion Rock Prods. said that, at the time of the accident, a scene was being shot which involved a burning ship crashing into another ship. High winds caused the fire to quickly grow out of control, resulting in both ships becoming engulfed in flames.
The accident took place around 3 a.m. in Xiaotang Shan, on the outskirts of Beijing.
“The crew of ‘Red Cliff’ is deeply distraught and full of regret,” Lion Rock said in a statement. “Every effort is being made to make arrangements for the deceased, his family, and the injured crew members.”
Director Woo received news of the accident while in Hong Kong promoting Part 1 of the film, set for release in most of Asia in early July. He is now traveling back to Beijing to assess the situation and complete filming.
“Red Cliff” is billed as China’s largest production to date. The $80 million historical drama is a co-production between U.S.-based Lion Rock, China Film Group and Japan’s Avex Entertainment.
The film stars Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, China’s Zhang Fengyi and Taiwan’s Takeshi Kaneshiro.
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