John Woo Directing Remake of Japanese Mob Movie

"Face/Off" director will oversee English-language version of "Day of the Beast"

John Woo, the Hong Kong action maestro, will bring his stylistic flare to a remake of "Day of the Beast."

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Woo will direct the English-language update of Seijun Suzuki’s 1963 Japanese film, as well as co-produce.

"Day of the Beast" centers on a turf war involving Cold War Russian gangsters and the Yakuza, the Japanese mob. 

Woo made a big splash in the United States in the late 1990s and early aughts, translating his balletic action sequences to mainstream Hollywood productions like "Mission: Impossible II" (2000) and "Face/Off" (1997). 

However, his stateside output waned following the critical and commercial failures of his World War II epic "Windtalkers" (2001) and his science-fiction thriller "Paycheck" (2003). In recent years, he directed the Chinese epic war film "Red Cliff" (2008). 

"Day of the Beast" will be a produced through Woo and Terence Chang’s Lion Rock Productions and Nikkatsu Corporation.

Nikkatsu is Japan's oldest major movie studio and the film's production will coincide with a celebration of  its 100th anniversary this year.

"This remake is my salute to the great films and filmmakers produced by Nikkatsu's 100 years in cinema history," Woo said.