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'Red Cliff' stuntman dies on set

'Red Cliff' stuntman  dies on set

A stuntman was killed when fire broke out during the filming of a crash scene for acclaimed director John Woo's latest movie, state media reported Tuesday.
The accident happened on Monday morning when the crew was filming a scene for "Red Cliff" in which a small boat crashed into a big ancient vessel, on set in a northwestern suburb of the Chinese capital, the Beijing News reported.
Lu Yanqing, a 23-year-old stuntman, was killed when the boats caught fire, the report said, adding another three people were rushed to hospital with unspecified injuries.
The rescue team was quoted as saying the crew might have accidentally ignited a flame that came into contact with inflammable gas on a boat, setting off the fire from which Lu was unable to escape.
"Red Cliff" is an 80-million-dollar epic film starring Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung and Japan's Takeshi Kaneshiro. Woo, a Hong Kong film director and producer, rose to international prominence with "Face Off" starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in 1997.
He was also the director of "Mission: Impossible II" starring Tom Cruise.


Updated : 2021-02-27 03:46 GMT+08:00