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John Woo SBS (Ng Yu-Sum; born 1 May 1946) is a Chinese-born Hong Kong film director, writer, and producer. He is considered a major influence on the action genre, known for his highly chaotic action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and frequent use of slow motion.[2] Woo has directed several notable Hong Kong action films, among them, A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Killer (1989), Hard Boiled (1992), and Red Cliff (2008/2009). His Hollywood films include the action films Hard Target (1993) and Broken Arrow (1996), the sci-fi action thriller Face/Off (1997) and the action spy film Mission: Impossible II (2000). He also created the comic series Seven Brothers, published by Virgin Comics. Woo cites his three favorite films as David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï.

John Woo at Cannes Film Festival in 2005
John Woo at Cannes Film Festival in 2005
Poster for the movie "Red Cliff Part II"

Red Cliff Part II

The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep,...
Poster for the movie "Reign of Assassins"

Reign of Assassins

Set in ancient China, Zeng Jing is a skilled assassin who finds herself in possession of a mystical Buddhist monk's remains. She begins a quest...
Poster for the movie "Manhunt"


Framed for murders, felled by love, fight and flight are his only way out. Accused of heinous crimes he didn't commit, a prosecutor sets out...
Poster for the movie "To Hell with the Devil"

To Hell with the Devil

The Hui brothers, as a Cantonese comedy team, not only work wonderfully together but are box office magic as well. Michael Hui knew how...
Poster for the movie "The Time You Need a Friend"

The Time You Need a Friend

The first of two comedies that John Woo made in Taiwan while working for the Taipei affiliate of Hong Kong's Cinema City, The Time...
Poster for the movie "The Pilferer's Progress"

The Pilferer’s Progress / Money Crazy

One of Hong Kong's latest and hottest show biz properties today is a young director, John Y.S. Woo. John struck gold to the tune...
Poster for the movie "Run Tiger Run"

Run Tiger Run

An oddball little item from Korea's youngest female helmer, John Woo's second comedy made in Taiwan - and his last slapstick before moving back...
Poster for the movie "Hello, Late Homecomers"

Hello, Late Homecomers

An incredibly rare chance to see John Woo's least-known comedy, co-directed and co-written with two other directors and shot on a tiny budget in...
Poster for the movie "From Riches to Rags"

From Riches to Rags

In one of John Woo's best-loved comedies, deadpan Ricky Hui is a working stiff who wins big at the races, only to be told...
Poster for the movie "The Killer"

The Killer

The Killer (simplified Chinese: 喋血双雄; traditional Chinese: 喋血雙雄; Jyutping: dip6 hyut3 soeng1 hung4; pinyin: Diéxuè shuāngxióng) is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written...
Poster for the movie "Hard Boiled"

Hard Boiled

Hard Boiled (Chinese: 辣手神探) is a 1992 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila"...
Poster for the movie "The Crossing II"

The Crossing II

The Crossing (Chinese: 太平轮) is a 2014 Chinese-Hong Kong 3D epic drama film directed by John Woo and written by Hui-Ling Wang. The film...
Poster for the movie "The Crossing"

The Crossing

During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, three couples flee from China to an island of Taiwan. The Crossing (Chinese: 太平轮) is a 2014 Chinese-Hong Kong...
Poster for the movie "Red Cliff Part II"

Red Cliff Part II

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to...
Poster for the movie "Red Cliff"

Red Cliff

In 208 A.D., the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minister Cao Cao (Zhang Feng Yi) convinced the fickle Emperor Han the...

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