Gibson’s new direction
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.