Four years since he last sat on the director's chair, John Woo makes his return with The Crossing
, a pair of films based on the tragic 1949 sinking of the Taiping
, a Chinese steamer bound for Taiwan. Written by Wang Hui Ling (Lust, Caution
), the epic drama features an international cast of superstars including Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster
), Kaneshiro Takeshi (Wu Xia
), Song Hye Kyo (My Brilliant Life
), Huang Xiaoming (American Dreams in China
), Tong Dawei (Dearest
) and Nagasawa Masami (Wood Job
The Crossing Part 1
In the summer of 1945, General Lei Yifang (Huang Xiaoming) earns a decisive victory against the Japanese, while signal corps soldier Tong Daqing (Tong Dawei) captures Taiwanese doctor Yan Zenkun (Kaneshiro Takeshi), who was conscripted into the Japanese army. After the surrender of the Japanese Empire, the three go their separate ways. Lei heads back to Shanghai, where he meets and falls in love with the wealthy Zhou Yunfen (Song Hye Kyo). Yan returns to his hometown in Taiwan, only to find that the Japanese girl (Nagasawa Masami) with whom he was in love has been repatriated back to Japan. In order to pull off a small scheme, Tong enlists an illiterate young woman (Zhang Ziyi) to pose as his wife, and ends up falling for her. The three couples lead disparate lives, but they're brought together by the Taiping.
The Crossing Part 2
Military doctor Yan Zenkun (Kaneshiro Takeshi) remains separated from the Japanese woman he loves (Nagasawa Masami) due to shifts in politics. Signal corps soldier Tong Daqing (Tong Dawei) and lower-class illiterate woman Yu Zhen (Zhang Ziyi) have fallen for one another, but life seems to have a way of keeping them apart. The wife (Song Hye Kyo) of General Lei Yifang (Huang Xiaoming), meanwhile, continues to wait for him in Taiwan, despite not knowing whether he's dead or alive.
This edition includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, a music video and trailers.