'Blood Brothers' closing Venice


ROME -- The world premiere of "Blood Brothers", an action film set in 1930s-era Shanghai from director Alexi Tan, will be the closing film at the 64th annual Venice Film Festival, organizers said Friday.

While "Blood Brothers" is Tan's first feature-length film, the production will not lack for experience, with director John Woo and producer Terence Chang on board as co-producers. The film is based on Woo's 1990 film "Die Xue Jie Tou" (Bullet in the Head).

The film will screen in Venice one day before it opens in Hong Kong.

The Aug. 29-Sept. 8 festival opens with Joe Wright's "Atonement," based on Ian McEwan's Booker Prize-winning novel.