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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Woo to head Shanghai festival jury

HONG KONG – The Shanghai International Film Festival says John Woo will head its jury.

Organizers say that the 54-year-old Hong Kong director will lead the panel that decides the event's top Golden Goblet Awards. The other jurors weren't immediately announced.

Woo made his name in Hong Kong with action thrillers before moving onto Hollywood, where his credits include "Face/Off" and "Mission: Impossible II." He returned to Chinese film in 2008 with the two-part historical epic "Red Cliff."

The June 12-20 event — the festival's 13th edition — will feature Woo's classics, as well as a Woody Allen retrospective.

Woo currently is producing kung fu film "Reign of Assassins" with former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh and South Korea's Jung Woo-sung.

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