Three of the world's greatest living Chinese directors were brought together at the grand opening of the 62nd Venice Film Festival. Hong Kong action film master John Woo, now based in Hollywood, and Ang Lee, who reintroduced martial arts to the world with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, attended Wednesday night's opening ceremony, which showcased local director Tsui Hark's new martial arts epic Seven Swords. Woo and Lee, who is in Venice to promote his latest feature Brokeback Mountain - in competition for the top award, the Golden Lion - both praised the martial arts choreography in Tsui's film. 'I really enjoyed it. It was good despite being a little longer than I expected. But I'm very familiar with Tsui Hark's style,' Woo said. Woo is in Venice to promote his latest project All the Invisible Children, which he co-directed with seven other renowned directors including Spike Lee and Ridley Scott. The night got off to a spectacular start when Tsui led the cast of Seven Swords, including kung fu star Donnie Yen and actress Charlie Young, onto the red carpet. Tsui, accompanied by his wife and veteran producer Nansun Shi, was in high spirits, waving to the crowd. Inside the Sala Grande Theatre, Tsui received warm applause on his entrance and a 10-minute standing ovation at the film's end. At the opening party at the Excelsior Hotel beach after the screening, a dazzling fireworks show featured the Seven Swords soundtrack as the background music. Wouter Barendrecht, co-chairman of Fortissimo Films, said that this year's Venice Film Festival had a special meaning for the Hong Kong film industry. 'Peter Chan Ho-sun comes next week to close the festival with Perhaps Love. I'm pretty sure none of the big film festivals open and close with films from the same country,' Mr Barendrecht said.