John Woo Returns to English Filmmaking with Day of the Beast

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John Woo has announced that he will make his first English language film since 2003's Paycheck. The film, titled Day of the Beast, is a remake of the 1963 Japanese Yakuza film Youth of the Beast.

John Woo at the Venice Film Festival

Day of the Beast, set in Tokyo, is about an outsider who gets entangled in a turf war between the Yakuza and Cold War-era Russian mobsters.

The original film, directed by Seijun Suzuki, is considered a classic, though it is not particularly well-known in America.

Woo is best known for his work on Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2, and has directed some of the biggest names in action, including Nicholas Cage, Tom Cruise (watch his Rock of Ages trailer), and Ben Affleck (watch his Argo trailer). Whether any big American names will be a part of the film is yet to be known.

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