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John Woo's Flying Tigers will be a two part feature film and six hour miniseries

Apr. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

John Woo's long in development World War II movie FLYING TIGERS is finally moving forward and will begin filming in 2014. In the last three years, FLYING TIGERS has attracted talents such as Liam Neeson, Tom Cruise, and Christopher McQuarrie but never quite got off the ground. Woo envisioned a massive epic in line with his almost five hour long RED CLIFF. That movie was a spectacle on it's own, and Woo will do it again. According to the press release from Cyrte Investments and China Film Co., Ltd, FLYING TIGERS will be filmed as a two part feature film and as a six hour miniseries for television. There is no word if the film will get a release in the United States yet, but seeing as the cast will need to be primarily American actors since it will be filmed in English, I would think at least some sort of theatrical run is in the cards.

Here's the plot of FLYING TIGERS:

Flying Tigers, a heroic band of American pilots who volunteered to join the Chinese Air Force and fight Japanese aggression at the onset of World War II. Known as the Flying Tigers due to the iconic sharks teeth painted on their fighter planes, the team played an integral role in holding the line against imperial Japan in the early days of the war. Although outnumbered and often ill-equipped, the Flying Tigers valiantly staved off numerous Japanese attacks in China and Southeast Asia. Flying Tigers is a compelling story of international friendship and heroism between American and Chinese servicemen who perilously fought side-by-side in a time of need.

We have not had a wide release John Woo movie in North America since 2003's PAYCHECK with Ben Affleck. Could FLYING TIGERS be his ticket back? It will likely depend on who Woo can cast in the movie. If he still were able to get Liam Neeson or Tom Cruise, you would have a blockbuster on your hands. If he has to go with mid-level or unknown actors, this could be a direct to Redbox kind of film. But, with China serving as the largest non-U.S. movie market, this could be a massive project to bridge the two nations.

FLYING TIGERS is expected to begin filming in 2014 for a release likely in 2015. Are you excited for John Woo to return to English-language filmmaking?

Extra Tidbit: Which former Woo actors should return for this? Van Damme? Nic Cage? John Travolta?

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4:18PM on 04/23/2013

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I don't want Woo to be given "a ticket back" to the U.S. Hollywood--in typical fashion--never gave him the respect and control he deserved as such a master filmmaker. It's why so many of his Hollywood outings (FACE/OFF excluded) were so underwhelming when compared to his work made from 1986-1992. Woo should remain in his homeland where he's treated with the respect he deserves, and is given free reign to make whatever his heart desires.

That being said, all of his films should be released
I don't want Woo to be given "a ticket back" to the U.S. Hollywood--in typical fashion--never gave him the respect and control he deserved as such a master filmmaker. It's why so many of his Hollywood outings (FACE/OFF excluded) were so underwhelming when compared to his work made from 1986-1992. Woo should remain in his homeland where he's treated with the respect he deserves, and is given free reign to make whatever his heart desires.

That being said, all of his films should be released wide in the U.S., especially since they're all action films, a universal language.

Cannot wait to see what he does with this.
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4:56PM on 04/23/2013

Original Title

Original title was "Flying Doves"
Original title was "Flying Doves"
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4:53PM on 04/23/2013
Story if international friendship between China and U.S.? Hmm, perhaps Hollywood is preparing America for the eventual take over of China.....
"See guys? It's not all bad, we had fighter pilots work for China in WWII and it worked out really well! Gather round and I'll show you this movie all about it!"
Story if international friendship between China and U.S.? Hmm, perhaps Hollywood is preparing America for the eventual take over of China.....
"See guys? It's not all bad, we had fighter pilots work for China in WWII and it worked out really well! Gather round and I'll show you this movie all about it!"
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11:50AM on 04/24/2013

can't wait! Tom Cruise would be fantastic

Red Cliff is a must see for any movie fan. Also last I heard about Flying Tigers was that it was meant to be the first feature film to ever be fully shot with IMAX cameras. That would be amazing, and perfect for a film like this. Wonder if that is still in the works. It would be the perfect movie to be the first!
Red Cliff is a must see for any movie fan. Also last I heard about Flying Tigers was that it was meant to be the first feature film to ever be fully shot with IMAX cameras. That would be amazing, and perfect for a film like this. Wonder if that is still in the works. It would be the perfect movie to be the first!
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5:29PM on 04/23/2013
My Blu Ray of 'Hard Boiled' arrived yesterday. Love this flick. Makes Scarface look like Downton Abbey.
My Blu Ray of 'Hard Boiled' arrived yesterday. Love this flick. Makes Scarface look like Downton Abbey.
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4:29PM on 04/23/2013

Extra Tidbit

Christian Slater & Samantha Mathis!
Christian Slater & Samantha Mathis!
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4:16PM on 04/23/2013
I'd love to watch red Cliff, but fucking hell...5 hours?

I suppose I could dedicate a weekend to it.
I'd love to watch red Cliff, but fucking hell...5 hours?

I suppose I could dedicate a weekend to it.
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5:08PM on 04/23/2013
Just do it, you won't regret it ; )
Just do it, you won't regret it ; )
4:10PM on 04/23/2013
Honestly, I would be more excited if he returned to his "heroic bloodshed" roots. But I'd give this a chance. I just hope it isn't another Windtalkers.
Honestly, I would be more excited if he returned to his "heroic bloodshed" roots. But I'd give this a chance. I just hope it isn't another Windtalkers.
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11:54AM on 04/24/2013
John Woo is one great director. From his Chow Yun Fat gun crazy movies to Red Cliff. John Woo still holds strong as a director.
John Woo is one great director. From his Chow Yun Fat gun crazy movies to Red Cliff. John Woo still holds strong as a director.
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5:05PM on 04/23/2013

Does this make sense?

"Known as the Flying Tigers due to the iconic sharks teeth painted on their fighter planes . . . "
I know this is historically accurate, but . . . shark's teeth = tigers?
"Known as the Flying Tigers due to the iconic sharks teeth painted on their fighter planes . . . "
I know this is historically accurate, but . . . shark's teeth = tigers?
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