John Woo is developing a historical drama film based on Chinese American DEAN LUNG – GeekTyrant
Director John Woo (hard boiled, broken arrow, Front/Off, Mission: Impossible 2) is developing a new film based on the Chinese American dean lung. The historical drama will follow the story of Lung, “the valet to Oakland’s first mayor, Horace Walpole Carpentier – whose gift helped found the University’s East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. of Columbia”.
The university still refers to Lung’s letter to Columbia president Seth Low in 1901, which stated, “I am sending you here with a deposit check for $12,000 as a contribution to the fund for learning Chinese at your university”. Later, in order to honor him, Carpentier provided additional donations.
Woo spoke to Variety about the project at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, where it won its Lifetime Achievement Award, saying:
“I hope I can do it before I retire. I really want to do it. He was this man’s servant and there were conflicts at first, but later they started to learn one on the other. When he retired, he donated all his savings to the university. His picture still hangs on the wall.
Woo described the film as “serious drama, but not too serious” and “a very human story,” he said, also noting its universal appeal. He went on to say:
“Nowadays there are so many misunderstandings between people from the west and people from the east. I think we need to work on that more, work on understanding each other. I want to make a film that would serve as a bridge between two different cultures We can be friends – I really believe that.
It sounds like a great story. I can’t wait to learn more about this project and see how it turns out.