Song and Willis in Chinese war flick

Song and Willis in Chinese war flick
Korean actor Song Seung Heon arrives for the red carpet event during the opening ceremony of the fifth Beijing International Film Festival at Yanqi Lake on the outskirts of Beijing on April 16, 2015.

SEOUL - South Korean actor Song Seung Heon has been cast in a Chinese war film, in which he will star beside American actor Bruce Willis, his agency confirmed yesterday.

The big-budget film has the working title Da Hong Zha, loosely translated as Great Explosion.

Production costs are estimated at a staggering 100 billion won (S$121.7 million), far above the combined average of Willis' five Die Hard films, according to industry sources.

"When his preparations are concluded, Song will take part in filming both in Korea and China," said the actor's agency.

He will play a United States-dispatched fighter pilot deployed in Korea, set against the backdrop of World War II. His military instructor is played by Willis, who is well known for his action roles.

Filming has already begun, and the movie is set to be released in the second half of next year.

The supporting cast include Chinese actors Liu Ye, Nicholas Tse and Eva Huang.

The movie is Song's first war action film and second Chinese film. His Chinese romantic film The Third Way Of Love, based on the best-selling Chinese online novel, is in post-production and slated for release later this year.

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