John Woo

John Woo Yu-Sen SBS is a Hong Kong film director and producer. Recognized for his stylised films of highly choreographed action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and use of slow-motion, Woo has directed several notable Hong Kong action films, among them, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled and Red Cliff. His Hollywood films include Hard Target, Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2. He also created the comic series Seven Brothers, published by Virgin Comics. Woo was described by Dave Kehr in The Observer in 2002 as "arguably the most influential director making movies today". 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.

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Paycheck (2003)

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Michael Jennings is a genius who's hired – and paid handsomely – by high-tech firms to work on highly sensitive projects, after which his short-term memory is erased so he's incapable of breaching security. But at the end of a three-year job, he's told he isn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Uma Thurman  •  Paul Giamatti

Michael Jennings is a genius who's hired – and paid handsomely – by high-tech firms to work on highly sensitive projects, after which his short-term memory is erased so he's incapable of breaching security. But at the end of a three-year job, he's told he isn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Uma Thurman  •  Paul Giamatti

Red Cliff (2008)

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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 unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chang Chen  •  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Takeshi Kaneshiro  •  Shido Nakamura

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 unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chang Chen  •  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Takeshi Kaneshiro  •  Shido Nakamura

A Better Tomorrow (1986)

A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Ti Lung  •  Leslie Cheung  •  Emily Chu  •  Chow Yun-Fat

A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Ti Lung  •  Leslie Cheung  •  Emily Chu  •  Chow Yun-Fat

A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Leslie Cheung  •  Ti Lung  •  Dean Shek

A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Leslie Cheung  •  Ti Lung  •  Dean Shek

Broken Arrow (1996)

When rogue stealth-fighter pilot Vic Deakins deliberately drops off the radar while on maneuvers, the Air Force ends up with two stolen nuclear warheads -- and Deakins's co-pilot, Riley Hale, is the military's only hope for getting them back. Traversing the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Christian Slater  •  Samantha Mathis  •  Delroy Lindo

When rogue stealth-fighter pilot Vic Deakins deliberately drops off the radar while on maneuvers, the Air Force ends up with two stolen nuclear warheads -- and Deakins's co-pilot, Riley Hale, is the military's only hope for getting them back. Traversing the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Christian Slater  •  Samantha Mathis  •  Delroy Lindo

Bullet in the Head (1990)

When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Jacky Cheung  •  Waise Lee  •  Simon Yam

When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Jacky Cheung  •  Waise Lee  •  Simon Yam

Face/Off (1997)

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Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent. Who is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy, a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Joan Allen  •  Dominique Swain

Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent. Who is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy, a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Joan Allen  •  Dominique Swain

Hard Boiled (1992)

A cop who loses his partner in a shoot-out with gun smugglers goes on a mission to catch them. In order to get closer to the leaders of the ring he joins forces with an undercover cop who's working as a gangster hitman. They use all means of excessive force to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Teresa Mo  •  Philip Chan Yan-Kin  •  John Woo

A cop who loses his partner in a shoot-out with gun smugglers goes on a mission to catch them. In order to get closer to the leaders of the ring he joins forces with an undercover cop who's working as a gangster hitman. They use all means of excessive force to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Teresa Mo  •  Philip Chan Yan-Kin  •  John Woo

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

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With computer genius Luther Stickell at his side and a beautiful thief on his mind, agent Ethan Hunt races across Australia and Spain to stop a former IMF agent from unleashing a genetically engineered biological weapon called Chimera. This mission, should Hunt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Dougray Scott  •  Thandie Newton  •  Ving Rhames

With computer genius Luther Stickell at his side and a beautiful thief on his mind, agent Ethan Hunt races across Australia and Spain to stop a former IMF agent from unleashing a genetically engineered biological weapon called Chimera. This mission, should Hunt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Dougray Scott  •  Thandie Newton  •  Ving Rhames

Once a Thief (1991)

Three art thieves try to re-steal a painting after their crime boss double-crosses them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Leslie Cheung  •  Cherie Chung  •  Paul Chu Kong

Three art thieves try to re-steal a painting after their crime boss double-crosses them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Leslie Cheung  •  Cherie Chung  •  Paul Chu Kong

The Killer (1989)

Mob assassin Jeffrey is no ordinary hired gun; the best in his business, he views his chosen profession as a calling rather than simply a job. So, when beautiful nightclub chanteuse Jennie is blinded in the crossfire of his most recent hit, Jeffrey chooses to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Danny Lee Sau-Yin  •  Sally Yeh  •  Paul Chu Kong  •  Kenneth Tsang

Mob assassin Jeffrey is no ordinary hired gun; the best in his business, he views his chosen profession as a calling rather than simply a job. So, when beautiful nightclub chanteuse Jennie is blinded in the crossfire of his most recent hit, Jeffrey chooses to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Danny Lee Sau-Yin  •  Sally Yeh  •  Paul Chu Kong  •  Kenneth Tsang

Windtalkers (2002)

Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Adam Beach  •  Peter Stormare  •  Noah Emmerich

Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Adam Beach  •  Peter Stormare  •  Noah Emmerich

Hard Target (1993)

When a woman's father goes missing, she enlists a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Arnold Vosloo  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Yancy Butler

When a woman's father goes missing, she enlists a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Arnold Vosloo  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Yancy Butler

Heroes Shed No Tears (1986)

The Thai government hires a group of Chinese mercenaries to capture a powerful drug lord from the Golden Triangle. The mercenaries manage to capture the drug lord, but soon find themselves pursued by his forces, and the forces of a bitter Thai officer. The Chinese ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chin Yuet-Sang  •  Ma Ying-Chun  •  Philllip Loffredo  •  Lam Ching-Ying

The Thai government hires a group of Chinese mercenaries to capture a powerful drug lord from the Golden Triangle. The mercenaries manage to capture the drug lord, but soon find themselves pursued by his forces, and the forces of a bitter Thai officer. The Chinese ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Chin Yuet-Sang  •  Ma Ying-Chun  •  Philllip Loffredo  •  Lam Ching-Ying

The Robinsons: Lost in Space (2004)

In the year 2082, the Earth was invaded by aliens after it was long determine that existence of extra terrestrials was long thought to be science fiction. Major cities crumbled from the destruction of the beings from beyond the stars. The invasion came to a halt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jayne Brook  •  Mike Erwin  •  Brad Johnson  •  Ryan Malgarini

In the year 2082, the Earth was invaded by aliens after it was long determine that existence of extra terrestrials was long thought to be science fiction. Major cities crumbled from the destruction of the beings from beyond the stars. The invasion came to a halt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jayne Brook  •  Mike Erwin  •  Brad Johnson  •  Ryan Malgarini

Plain Jane to the Rescue (1982)

Jane, with plain looks but a heart of gold, is always in between jobs. Once she gets a job, her knack for creating awkward situations immediately loses it for her. Ricky is her suitor, but he gets nowhere as the girl has no time for love. So Ricky goes along with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Josephine Siao  •  Ricky Hui  •  Wu Fung  •  Lau Hak-Suen

Jane, with plain looks but a heart of gold, is always in between jobs. Once she gets a job, her knack for creating awkward situations immediately loses it for her. Ricky is her suitor, but he gets nowhere as the girl has no time for love. So Ricky goes along with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Josephine Siao  •  Ricky Hui  •  Wu Fung  •  Lau Hak-Suen

Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)

A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lu Chuan  •  Han Sanping  •  Huang Jianxin  •  Li Shaohong
CAST:  Liu Ye  •  Chen Kun  •  John Woo  •  Daniel Wu

A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lu Chuan  •  Han Sanping  •  Huang Jianxin  •  Li Shaohong
CAST:  Liu Ye  •  Chen Kun  •  John Woo  •  Daniel Wu

Starry is the Night (1988)

As Cai Mei, a single 40 year old woman and a social worker starts a relationship with a teen-ager Tian-Ah, she remembers her relationship when she was young with her professor, a married man older than her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ann Hui
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  George Lam  •  John Woo  •  Yip San

As Cai Mei, a single 40 year old woman and a social worker starts a relationship with a teen-ager Tian-Ah, she remembers her relationship when she was young with her professor, a married man older than her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ann Hui
CAST:  Brigitte Lin  •  George Lam  •  John Woo  •  Yip San

Jackie Chan: My Story (1998)

Jackie Chan is one of the world's biggest action stars, famed for his wacky sense of humor, remarkable martial arts techniques, and willingness to perform incredible stunts without the use of doubles -- or a net. This video takes a personal look at Chan as he works ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie Chan
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Willie Chan  •  Charles Chan  •  Sylvester Stallone

Jackie Chan is one of the world's biggest action stars, famed for his wacky sense of humor, remarkable martial arts techniques, and willingness to perform incredible stunts without the use of doubles -- or a net. This video takes a personal look at Chan as he works ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie Chan
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Willie Chan  •  Charles Chan  •  Sylvester Stallone

Twin Dragons (1992)

Twins, separated at birth, end up as a Hong Kong gangster and a New York concert pianist. When the pianist travels to Hong Kong for a concert, the two inevitably get mistaken for each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark  •  Ringo Lam
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Maggie Cheung  •  Teddy Robin  •  Anthony Chan

Twins, separated at birth, end up as a Hong Kong gangster and a New York concert pianist. When the pianist travels to Hong Kong for a concert, the two inevitably get mistaken for each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark  •  Ringo Lam
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Maggie Cheung  •  Teddy Robin  •  Anthony Chan
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