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John Woo says 'Red Cliff' won't be a kung fu epic

Hold the guide wires, John Woo says.

Woo is dipping into the popular Chinese historical genre with his latest project, "The War of the Red Cliff," but won't be zinging his actors around the screen on cables as in recent kung fu productions such as Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

"It would be a joke to film it like some sort of kung fu epic," Woo was quoted as saying in an interview on the Web site

The director said he had little interest in movies that propel their stars into the sky during fight scenes.

"Red Cliff" tells the story of an epic naval battle between powerful dynastic rivals as told in the historical novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Now in preproduction, the movie will reportedly feature Hong Kong star Chow Yun-Fat.

Filming is expected to begin in China by the end of the year.

Woo was interviewed at the Venice Film Festival in Italy where he was helping promote "All the Invisible Children."

He was one of eight directors, including Emir Kusturica, Ridley Scott and Spike Lee, who worked on the film, which consists of seven shorts telling the plight of children in different parts of the world, including child soldiers and street urchins.