Attention action film fans! David Wu, longtime collaborator of John Woo and editor of classics like A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled, presents Cold Steel, a Chinese war epic, after 17 years of directing TV series in North America. Bomb blasting Cold Steel is packed with suspense and choreographed with jaw-dropping action sequences. While the Shaw Brothers classics are infamous for their “lost-in-translation” subtitles, director Wu, who also penned the screenplay in Chinese, opted to work on the entire subtitling process and has included fun-filled North American slang and wise-cracks in the translated dialogue. For the first time, North American audience can finally laugh with, and not laugh at the subtitles!
American-born, Canadian-raised and Taiwanese-based singer/actor (and OCAD graduate) Peter Ho excels in the lead role as the coming-of-age hunter-turned-sniper Lianfeng, torn between his duty and honour under the guidance of his mentor, Mengzi (Tony Leung Ka Fai), and the irresistible widow with heart of gold Yan (Song Jia), who teaches Lianfeng about love and heartbreak. Wu employed a fluid editing technique optimizing the pace to showcase Lianfeng’s struggle, leading the audience through his personal journey of life-threatening crisis as well as life-altering commitments. Highly-strung, awesome visual effects are balanced by romantic illustrations swathed in a soul-stirring soundtrack to evoke the perfect blend of tragedy and fantasy against the cruel backdrop of war.
Director: David Wu Tai-Wai
Producer: He Qing
Writers: David Wu Tai-wai, Li Xiao-min
Cinematography: Horae Wong
Editor: David Wu Tai-wai
Music: Lawrence Shragge
Cast: Peter Ho Yun Tung, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Song Jia
David Wu Tai-Wai
David Wu Tai-wai is a prolific director, editor, producer, actor and writer who first established his name as a creative force in his native Hong Kong before bringing his impressive talents to the North American film and television industry. Wu has teamed with long-time collaborator John Woo on action classics including A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled and Woo’s television series t, as both editor and director. A favourite among Chinese audiences, Wu directed and co-wrote the fantasy romance, The Bride with White Hair 2. Recently, he has helmed many TV series and directed and edited Plague City, a CTV feature movie about the SARS epidemic in Toronto, for which he was nominated for Best Director at the 2006 DGC Awards.
Legendary Action Excellence Award: David Wu, Fantastic Fest Austin 2012
Official Selection–Montreal Fantasia Film Festival 2012
Official Selection–Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012