John Woo

John Woo

John Woo is one of a kind. The king of Hong Kong action cinema. From his films A Better Tommorow I and II, Hard Boiled, and The Killer, to his American films Hard Target, Broken Arrow, and his newest Face/Off, John Woo has redefined the way people look at gunbattles. Featuring two fisted gun blazing action, there is no other filmmaker who uses such a wide combination of zooms, pans, slow motion, and fast cuts to such a tremendous film. The best thing about John Woo is that his films have plots and points, something that most Hollywood films have forgotten. Woo cares about the plot and it shows in the tremendous characterization and development given to his characters. Working with some of the finest actors in the world, including the stunning Chow Yun-Fat, John Travolta, and Nicolas Cage, among others. (Van Damme is not in that bunch...) Woo has directed over 30 films, including comedy, drama, and action, as well as an American TV pilot version of one of his own films. This site tries to disregard anything he's made since coming to America. Well, except Face/Off and the uncut version of Hard Target. Except for the dancing Wilfred Brimley. /shudder.


"The killer is a man who does bad things, but he wants to be good." - John Woo


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Table Of Contents

  • The Holy Grail of Woo
  • -Automatics for the People- An article on Woo from Empire, December 1997.
  • -Look Woo's Talking- An article on Woo from Cinemascape from the Broken Arrow production.
  • -Voyager Essay- An essay on John Woo and his films from the Criterion web site.
  • -Filmography- John Woo's complete updated filmography.
  • -An Interview with John Woo- An interview with the great John Woo.
  • -Hard Target: The Director's Cut- A comprehensive article on what was cut from the released version of Hard Target.
  • -Newpaper Articles- Newpaper articles about the TV pilot 'Once a Thief'.
  • The Films of John Woo and the Art of Heroic Bloodshed A Retrospective by Anthony Leong
  • John Woo - Wikipedia Entry
  • Trademark shots and scenes of John Woo - by Fabkid
  • The Screenplays
  • The Killer - The screenplay for the UNPRODUCED American remake of The Killer


  • The Rest of the Series

  • The Independents - Main Page
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Robert Rodriguez
  • Drew's Script-O-Rama (Scripts to over 600 films and TV shows)

  • Hard Boiled







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