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Huang Xiaoming plays general Lei Yifang of the Chinese Nationalists, who finds love on the side.

Human stories amid a sweep of history

Dec 5, 2014 5:50 AM

AFTER a five-year absence, John Woo returns to the big screen with The Crossing (Part One), the first installment of a two-part war-and-romance epic spanning several decades of modern Chinese history.

In his trademark directing style, bullets fly and body counts rise; meanwhile,