More family film news: My father-in-law, Zhang Yi, was cast as one of southern potentate Sun Quan's military advisors, Zhang Zhao, in the John Woo epic The Battle of Red Cliffs which will start shooting this spring. I'm trying to get him to finnagle me a part in it--just a walk-on, I don't care, as long as I get to put on some cool armor or ride around on a horse. Dad says Woo is a real gentleman, totally down-to-earth and not at all arrogant. As one who's been uniformly disappointed with China's costume epics of late, I'm not getting my hopes up too high for this one, though how could they fuck it up? It's the best battle in the entire Three Kingdoms, they're basing it not on the Sanguo Yanyi version but rather on the more historically faithful Sanguo Zhi, and as far as I know, Zhang Ziyi is not attached to the picture. Alas, on the other hand, Zhao Wei is; and Chow Yun-Fat plays Zhou Yu, who's really the main character in this.