Director Sngmoo Lee on His Filmâ€™s Long Journey to the Screen
â€œThe Warriorâ€™s Way,â€ a new martial arts Western starring Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush and Korean pop star Dong-gun Jang, has been a labor of love for its director Sngmoo Lee.
A Korean citizen, he attended New York University for cinema studies and filmmaking.
He began developing a film about an Asian assassin who refuses his masterâ€™s orders to kill a baby and goes into hiding as a laundry man with a traveling circus.
Lee, now 48, says he first came up with the idea 11 years ago, though he wasnâ€™t able to fully finance the film â€” which boasts of a $45 million budget â€” and shoot it until years later, with the help of producer Barrie Osborne (â€The Lord of the Ringsâ€ trilogy).