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A stuntman is dead after a fire swept through a film set of John Woo's upcoming Chinese-language historical epic, Red Cliff.

Six others were also injured in the accident, per the Beijing News. During filming of an action sequence in the Chinese capital, the special-effects crew intentionally set fire to a small boat, which crashed into a larger vessel as planned, but the inferno raged out of control and overwhelmed both boats before it could be extinguished.

The 23-year-old stuntman was killed in the explosion, while the other crew members were taken to a nearby hospital. No word on their condition.

 "[The crew] is deeply distraught and full of regret. They are making every effort to make arrangements for the deceased, his family and the injured crew members," producers said in a statement.

Woo was in Hong Kong promoting the movie when he learned about the disaster and immediately hopped a flight back to Beijing.

Red Cliff, starring Asian heartthrob Tony Leung, marks the acclaimed action director's first Chinese-language effort in 15 years and tells the tale of one of China's most fabled ancient battles.

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