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Stuntman dies in fire on Woo set

The scene of the fire
The two boats collided and the fire spread more widely than planned

A stuntman has died and six other people have been hurt in a fire on the set of the latest John Woo film.

A small boat was deliberately set alight for an action sequence being shot for the historical epic Red Cliff in the Chinese capital, Beijing.

But the flames spread more widely than expected, engulfing a second, larger vessel and killing a 23-year-old man.

His fellow crew members were "deeply distraught and full of regret", they said in a statement.

They were "making every effort to make arrangements for the deceased, his family and the injured crew members", they added.

Woo, who had been on a promotional trip to Hong Kong, rushed back to the set following the tragedy.

The film tells the story of a well-known battle in feudal-era China.

Its cast has changed and there have been problems with its sets since production began 14 months ago.

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