“When I found out that John was a huge fan of the late Ken Takakura, I immediately gave him a call, trying to convince him to direct the film for us,” said Media Asia chairman Peter Lam.

“By chance I was mourning the loss of Takakura when Peter called and I accepted the challenge in a heartbeat,” added Woo in a statement.

I’m very curious to see if Woo has grown as a director, or if he is still using the same slow motion shots where white doves fly out at strange times, usually when two people are about to fight. I’m still a fan of Woo and hope this brings him back to the big spotlight.