The director and cast of movie “Battle of Red Cliff” held their first official press conference on Thursday (May 10) in Beijing, China.

Battle of Red Cliff press conference

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Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat confirmed that he has quit the cast of “The Battle of Red Cliff.” He made the ‘resignation’ last Friday (April 13), but the news has just been discovered by the press on Sunday (April 15).

Some reports were speculating that that Chow was ‘fired’ because of his unreasonable demands; but according to Chow, he quits the production because he felt that he can’t play the role well with the short amount of time for preparation.

The movie requires the cast to speak in Mandarin, and it is not Chow’s mother tongue. Chow said that he had requested the script to be provided earlier so that he could have more time to prepare for his character; but he only managed to get his script a week ago, and he felt that he was short of time to do the preparation.

It is another setback for director John Woo; a month ago actor Tony Leung quitted the movie for personal reason, and now it’s Chow… meaning that he lost both of his original candidate for the 2 most important characters in the movie.

A few candidates have been rumored to replace Chow’s role, which include Daniel Wu, Jay Chou and Chang Chen.

Photos of some celebrities that attended the 1st Asian Film Awards presentation in Hong Kong on Tuesday (March 20). Korean movie “The Host” was the biggest winner of the night.

Hong Kong artist Andy Lau

Andy Lau at Asian Film Awards

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