Skip to comments.Hong Kong director John Woo plans to make film about Flying Tigers
Posted on 02/01/2010 4:35:08 PM PST by smokingfrog
Taipei - Hong Kong director John Woo plans to make a film about The Flying Tigers, the US volunteer group which helped China fight against Japan during World War II, a newspaper said Monday. The China Times, quoting an unnamed source, said Wu plans to spend 150 million US dollars on making the film to recall how The Flying Tigers helped the Chinese Air Force transport arms and supplies during WWII.
Animation of the film will be made in the United States, indoor scenes will be shot in Taiwan, and outdoor actions will be filmed in China, it noted.
Top picks for the leading role, General Chennault, include Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Half of the budget will be used on recreating the warships and warplanes of the WWII era, the paper reported.
Taiwan's Defence Ministry on Monday admitted it has helped Wu gather material for the film, but denied it will contribute to financing the film.
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“Top picks for the leading role, General Chennault, include Tom Cruise and John Travolta.”
Please GOD NO!
I can’t stand either one of those whackos!
Pilots they may be, so am I so screw them! LOL
Well, if it’s John Woo we know that it will have scenes in which someone dives through the air in slow motion, firing two .45 automatics while doves fly around the room.
The first paragraph shown above is misleading; the AVG (American Volunteer Group a.k.a. the Flying Tigers) protected shipment of arms and material into China by attacking Japanese forces in the air and on the ground.
>>Top picks for the leading role, General Chennault, include Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
And their commanding officer is Xenu?
Looks like these guys are covering their dominant eye (in this case, the left one) to shoot “rightie.”
The volunteers didn’t call themselves “Flying Tigers,” a name coined by journalists. Nonetheless, Claire Chennault was a hero of both WWII and the Cold War.
Joun Wayne already did it and no one can do it better.
I wonder if the film will point out that the Americans were really helping the ROC government(the current government of Taiwan) fight against the Japanese. It’s not like they were flying sorties with the Chi-Coms. Let’s not pretend like the US and the PRC are long lost friends in the midst of a little tiff.
Chiang and Mao were both commies in those days. But Chiang was our commie.
I got to meet General Robert L. Scot around 15 years ago. I guess he technically was not in the AVG tho he flew with them and also flew with them when they were absorbed into the Army Air Corps.
I think he was credited with 26 victories.
Boll's got nothing to compare to "A Better Tomorrow", "The Killer" and "Hard Boiled."
Great... from John Wayne to the Scientology twins...
Well... Blackie’s kamikaze into the train on the bridge at the end was a bit over the top — but the movie is still bound to be much better than anything with John Travolta in it.
The guy sounds like Curly from the 3 Stooges.
Chiang was never a Commie. He was the anti-Commie.
I recall in one of Scott’s books he mentions that while we were openly supporting Chiang, and probably most Americans were also supporting him totally, there was a significant group who were sabotaging him.
He tells of flying transports filled with desks, and junk like that to Chennault when they needed and were asking for fuel, ammo, parts etc.
Scott also mentioned Mao being able to cancel attacks they were making against the Japanese because he didn’t want the bridges damaged as it would help him against Chiang.
I just hope they don’t “f” it up like Pearl Harbor. That story is fantastic one without all the BS that was added.
How about someone like Chris Cooper as Chennault? Flyboys and heroes are not always pretty boys. I met Pappy Boyington once and his face looked like an old baseball glove.
Sorry everybody else I think Travolta just might pull off the acting bit.
He looks like a tough old bird.
Top picks for the leading role, General Chennault, include Tom Cruise and John Travolta.Better hand out airsick bags.
I wonder how many flying P-40 warhawks are still out there?
Harry Dexter White in the Treasury Department played a key role in sabotaging U.S. economic aid to the Nationalists, as even his friendly biographer admits.
In a December 9, 1944 memo to Treasury Secretary Morgenthau, White wrote, "We have stalled as much as we have dared and have succeeded in limiting gold shipments to $26 million during the past year. We think it would be a serious mistake to permit further large shipments at this time." The U.S. government had made a commitment to Chiang in writing to supply $200 million in gold to curb inflation in Nationalist China. White's policy prevented the shipment until it was too late to be effective in stemming the inflation, a contributing factor to loss of American confidence in Chiang and thus to Chiang's defeat.
White also supported the propaganda line favorable to the Communists. Reporting to Morgenthau on the Dixie Mission on October 16, 1944, White wrote that the interests of the Chinese Communist Party "do not run counter to those of the United States in the foreseeable future and merit a sympathetic and friendly attitude on our part."
With White, unlike the China Hands, there is evidence that he was involved in Communist groups. Both Elizabeth Bentley and Whittaker Chambers named White as a member of Communist cells, the Silvermaster and Ware groups respectively . . . more
Thanks for that info. I have read about half of it and will read the rest later.
Crap..ruin a good movie without even breaking a sweat.
Harrison Ford would be better choice, since he and Chennault would be closer in age. Or Maybe Chris Cooper.
Say NO to metro sexuals playing US military heros.
Chiang was a commie?...
Do tell please.
There are a few flying P-40s out there. There are only one or two of the P-40 Tomahawks flying. For those who would like to see one flying in Flying Tiger markings a link is at this website:
Click on link that says
P-40 Tomahawk Flight Video