Gib­son’s new di­rec­tion

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Julie Maki­nen

Add Mel Gib­son to the list of Hol­ly­wood stars hop­ping on the China film band­wagon.

The ac­tor and Os­car- win­ning di­rec­tor of “Brave­heart” has signed on as a con­sul­tant on “The Bomb­ing,” a World War II epic film­ing in eastern China. Bruce Wil­lis has a role in the movie, which cen­ters on Ja­panese air raids on the city of Chongqing.

Shoot­ing has al­ready be­gun near the eastern city of Ningbo; the film’s Chi­nese pro­duc­ers said Gib­son would travel to the coun­try next month and serve as “su­per­vi­sor of di­rec­tion.” “The Bomb­ing” is di­rected by Xiao Feng and will fea­ture Hong Kong ac­tors Ni­cholas Tse and Wil­liam Chan, along with South Korea’s Song Se­ung- heon.

Gib­son will travel to China be­fore head­ing to Aus­tralia for pre- pro­duc­tion work on his next di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, “Hack­saw Ridge,” said his pub­li­cist, Alan Nierob. “Hack­saw” also is a World War II- era story, star­ring An­drew Garfield as a medic and con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tor who was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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