The Crossing (2014 film)

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The Crossing
The Crossing 2014 poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by John Woo
Produced by Terence Chang
Written by
  • John Woo
  • Su Chao-pin
  • Chen Ching-hui
Starring Zhang Ziyi
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Song Hye-kyo
Huang Xiaoming
Tong Dawei
Masami Nagasawa
Music by Taro Iwashiro
Cinematography Zhao Fei
Edited by John Woo
Kai Kit-Wai
David Wu
Beijing Gallop Horse Film
Le Vision Pictures
China Film Group Corporation
Huayi Brothers
Yoozoo Entertainment
Beijing Cultural & Creative Industry Investment Fund Management
Dongyang Mighty Allies Movie & Culture
Huace Pictures (Tianjin)
Beijing Phenom Films
China Movie Channel
Galloping Horse Culture & Media
Lion Rock Productions[1]
Release date
  • December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02) (Part I)
  • July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30) (Part II)
Running time
128 minutes[1]
Country China
Hong Kong[1]
Language Mandarin
Budget US$48.6 million[2]
Box office US$32.4 million (part 1)[3]

The Crossing (Chinese: 太平轮) is a 2014 Chinese-Hong Kong epic historical romance-war drama (part 1) and disaster film (part 2) directed by John Woo and written by Hui-Ling Wang.[4] The film stars Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa.[4] The film is based on the sinking of the steamer "Taiping" in 1949.[2] The incident led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew. The film's first part was released in China on December 2, 2014. Part two was released on July 30, 2015.[5]


During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, three couples flee from China to the island of Taiwan. Gen. Lei Yifang (Huang Xiaoming) returns to Shanghai highly decorated, and swiftly wins the hand of wealthy debutante Yunfen (Song Hye-kyo). Yen Zekun (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a Taiwanese doctor settling down to normal life in his hometown after years as a forcibly-drafted field medic in the Japanese army during World War II. Perhaps a little more than conveniently, he meets Zhou, who has moved into the house once occupied by his Japanese paramour Masako (Masami Nagasawa) – a friendship anchored by their shared longing for a distant beloved. Yu Zhen (Zhang Ziyi), an illiterate young woman who came into the equation when Tong pays her to have a photograph taken together as a couple as a proof of marriage, which would provide his family back home with more food rations. This financial exchange is a harbinger of Yu's unraveling existence, as unforgiving circumstances eventually force her to go into prostitution so as to secure enough money to travel to Taiwan with hope of finding her missing lover.



Zhao Fei is the director of photography and Taro Iwashiro provided the scores for the film.[6]

The film's original script was written by Wang Hui-ling, who had scripted films for Taiwanese director Ang Lee, such as Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Lust, Caution (2007).[7] A new script written by John Woo, and Taiwanese filmmakers Su Chao-pin and Chen Ching-hui was described as "considerably altered".[7]


The filming began on The Crossing on July 6, 2013 in Beijing.[4][8][9] Other shooting locations included Inner Mongolia, Shanghai, Taiwan and Tianjin.[10]


The film was released in stereoscopic 3D.[11] On September 9, 2014, Beijing Galloping Horse announced that the film would be released in two parts with the first part set to release in China on December 2, 2014.[12]

The first official trailer for the film was released on September 22, 2014.[13]

The Crossing opened at first-place at the China box office on December 2, 2014 which accounted for about 37.3% of all screenings in China grossing RMB24.0 million (US$3.91 million).[14] The film was shown in 3-D and IMAX 3-D.[14] The film was released in Hong Kong on December 25, 2014.[7][14]


  1. ^ a b c "The Crossing: Part 1". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b "John Woo's 'The Crossing' shooting in Taipei". Central News Agency. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Weekly box office 22/12/2014 - 28/12/2014". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  4. ^ a b c "John Woo's 'Chinese Titanic' Begins Shooting in Beijing". 9 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  5. ^ 《太平轮》贺岁起航,看乱世浮生(组图). Sohu (in Chinese). 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  6. ^ "John Woo Sets Sail on 'The Crossing'". 8 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Elley, Derek (22 January 2015). "The Crossing: Part 1". Film Business Asia. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "John Woo starts filming new movie The Crossing in Beijing". 9 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "John Woo Back to Directing for Chinese Revolution Film 'The Crossing'". 8 July 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Kevin Ma (19 May 2014). "Terence Chang on the journey of The Crossing". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Frater, Patrick (15 April 2014). "John Woo's 'The Crossing' To Be Released In 3D". Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Frater, Patrick (September 9, 2014). "John Woo Sets 'Crossing' Release for December". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Anderton, Ethan (September 22, 2014). "Watch: First International Teaser Trailer for John Woo's 'The Crossing'". Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c Ma, Kevin (December 4, 2014). "The Crossing opens with RMB24m in China". Film Business Asia. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 

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