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John Woo
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Date of Birth: Sep 23, 1946

Country: China

Biography: The first Asian filmmaker to helm a major Hollywood feature, John Woo initially emerged as the leading light of the Hong Kong action renaissance of the late '80s. Celebrated for his unique, much-imitated style, Woo brought a new depth of emotion and visual beauty to the action genre (All Movie Guide)

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Director (38) | Writer (17) | Actor (13)
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Manhunt (2017)
Accused of heinous crimes he didn't commit, a prosecutor sets out on a mission to clear his name. (imdb)
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The Crossing 2 (2015)
A story of three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, centered around the 1949 sinking of Taiping. (imdb)
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The Crossing (2014)
In the midst of the Chinese Revolution during the late 1940s, couples flee to the island of Taiwan. (imdb)
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The Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
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Kurosawa
Eleven major filmmakers from Europe, Asia and America talk about Akira Kurosawa and explore some ways on which he influenced their own work. (imdb)
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Reign of Assassins (2010)
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 to return the remains to its rightful resting place, and thus places herself in mortal danger because a team of assassins is in a deadly pursuit to possess the remains which holds an ancient power-wielding secret.
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A Better Tomorrow (2010)
The film tells the story of Hyuk, who lives the fast life as a high-ranking mobster in the port city of Busan, South Korea with his closest pal, fellow mobster Lee Young-Chun. Hyuk travels to Thailand for a meeting with Thai gangsters, and is caught by the police and imprisoned. Three years later, Hyuk is released from prison and travels back to Busan, to find his younger brother Chul now a high-ranking police officer... (moviexclusive.com)
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Red Cliff II (2009)
In the early third century, the land of Wu is invaded by the warlord Cao Cao and his million soldiers. The ruler of Wu, Sun Quan, calls on the rival warlord Liu Bei for help, but their two armies are still badly outnumbered. However, the Wu strategist Zhou Yu sees that Cao Cao's army is unused to battling on the sea, which may just give them a chance if they can exploit this weakness properly. (imdb)
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How Bruce Lee Changed the World (2009)
Decades after his death, kung fu legend Bruce Lee remains a huge influence on pop culture, entertainment and martial arts. This History Channel documentary traces Lee's years in Asia, his work promoting kung fu in America and his enduring legacy. It includes rarely glimpsed home movies, interviews with action superstars John Woo, Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh, and commentary from Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.
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Red Cliff (2008)
In the early third century, the land of Wu is invaded by the warlord Cao Cao and his million soldiers. The ruler of Wu, Sun Quan, calls on the rival warlord Liu Bei for help, but their two armies are still badly outnumbered. However, the Wu strategist Zhou Yu sees that Cao Cao's army is unused to battling on the sea, which may just give them a chance if they can exploit this weakness properly. (imdb)
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All the Invisible Children (2005)
Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist. (imdb)
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Paycheck (2003)
What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased. (imdb)
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Hostage (2002)
Hostage (2002) - Short Film
The driver races to locate a kidnapped victim locked in the trunk of an abandoned car somewhere on the water's edge. Linked to her only by cell phone, the driver narrows in on her location in a desperate race against time and tide. (imdb)
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John Woo: Bullet in the Plate (2002)
Cult film maker John Woo talks in Los Angeles about his love of movies and Chinese food. Woo gained a reputation as a master stylist specialising in ultra-violent Hong Kong gangster films and thrillers. He directed his first feature in 1973, and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres.
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Windtalkers (2002)
In 1942, several hundred Navajo Americans were recruited as Marines and trained to use their language as code. In John Woo's Windtalkers, Marine Joe Enders (Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Beach) -- a Navajo Code Talker, the Marines' new secret weapon. (MGM)
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Mission: Improbable (2000)
A behind the scenes look at the stunt work of "Mission: Impossible 2", told through one stunt man who looks like a certain superstar, who's got his looks, but certainly not his smarts. (imdb)
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Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera" (imdb)
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Once a Thief: Family Business (1998)
The Director assigns Mac to uncover why the Janczyk crime family has been venturing into uncharted hoodlum territory. While investigating, he discovers that the family is now being run by ... (imdb)
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Jackie Chan: My Story (1998)
If you are a fan of Jackie Chan, this documentary is the best you can see on him. It Shows you how great of a man he really is and it also gives you great behind the scenes looks at what he is like at work. He also goes into detail about some of his greatest movies and some of the inspirations in his life. (imdb)
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Blackjack (1998)
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After saving Casey, a daughter of his friend, from hired assassins, Jack Devlin is hit with a strange phobia - fear of white color. But when his other friend, who works as a bodyguard for a supermodel, is wounded, Jack decides to step in for him. Now he must confront his fear and the assassin, who seems to be well aware of Jack's problem (imdb)
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Task Force (1997)
Young detective Lam Tin Nam is on a task force which mainly deals with pornography, prostitution, and drug sweeps. In an undercover operation, Tin Nam meets call girl Fanny. Fanny always says she has a hitman boyfriend who will rescue her, but everyone thinks she is lying. Finally, the legendary hitman boyfriend really shows up, on a mission to kill an underworld organization boss. After succeeding, he will bring Fanny with him, but... (hkcinemagic.com)
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Face/Off (1997)
FBI agent Sean Archer knows how to stop elusive terrorist Castor Troy. He'll become him. Archer undergoes a futuristic surgery and has Troy's face mapped onto his, then infiltrates the terrorist's world to discover his deadly secrets.
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Once a Thief (1996)
Set in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the story follows Mac Ramsey and Li Ann Tsei, lovers and professional thieves who are separated while fleeing the powerful Hong Kong underworld crime lord who raised and trained them. After being imprisoned in Hong Kong, Mac is forcefully recruited into a clandestine international crime-fighting unit by a hard-nosed, menacing Director. (imdb)
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Broken Arrow (1996)
Nuclear warheads are stolen from the US military and a pilot and park ranger are forced to work together to try to recover them.
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Hard Target (1993)
A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process. (imdb)
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Hard Boiled (1992)
A tough as nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.
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The Banquet (1991)
Film with a weak plot about an businessman trying to clinch a deal for the reconstruction of Kuwait after the Gulf War from a Kuwaiti prince. The climax of the movie is a banquet/dinner at the end featuring cameos by several Hong Kong movie celebrities. (imdb)
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Once a Thief (1991)
Stylish caper thriller stars Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cheri Chung as a trio of international art thieves... (imdb)
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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.
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Rebel From China (1990)
Chen Hsiang Ming is a disillusioned private in the People's Liberation Army. When he and his brother hear that their father has been driven to suicide by political pressures, they flee to Hong Kong. Life on the other side of the border though, turns out to be tougher than they expect. First their plans to become smugglers are thwarted by Marine Police. Then they run afoul of a Triad gang boss -- who wants to redevelop the apartment block they live in. (hkmdb.com)
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Just Heroes (1989)
A respected and well liked gang-boss is betrayed and killed. One of his three adopted sons are to take his place. One of them is the traitor. (imdb)
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The Killer (1989)
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.
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A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter. (imdb)
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Heroes Shed No Tears (1986)
The Thai government hires group of Chinese mercenaries to capture powerful drug lord from Golden Triangle. In the process, their leader must not only keep his men from being killed, but also his only son.
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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. (imdb)
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Run Tiger Run (1985)
Two inexplicably identical boys--one a spoiled but unwanted heir, the other a spunky working-class tyke--cause trouble when they decide to exchange places. (hkcinemagic.com)
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The Time You Need a Friend (1985)
Ku Ren and Shem Bien are retired comedians. On stage, they were complementary to each other in bringing joy and laugher to lots of audience. However a misunderstanding has broken off their friendship. The comedians are both invited to participate in a charity show organized by a television corporation to raise funds for the handicapped children. At the press conference, both Ku Ren and Shem Bien refuse to play against each other on stage. (hkcinemagic.com)
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Plain Jane to the Rescue (1982)
Josephine Siao is hired by a C.E.O. to teach his father manners and how to act like a "gentleman" in public. (imdb)
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Mo deng tian shi (1981)
A shmo makes a deal with the devil so he can become a great Pop star just to impress his dream girl. After he makes the deal, a catholic priest hangs around him to try and convince him that he screwed up and he needs to get his soul back or he'll be damned for eternity. Well, everything goes bad for the shmo and he wants his soul back. But, the devil's lacky doesn't want to give it back. (imdb)
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Laughing Times (1981)
Dean Shek, a wanderer, lived his life in poverty and hunger, ran into the chase of the police and Wong Wai, a poor orphan who was used by the villain Karl Maka in committing crimes. They turned out to be good friends. Meanwhile, Dean fell in love with a singer. Later on, he met Wu Ma, who drank his days away because of Karl Maka's abuses. Evil Carl Mak was dealing in slave trading and had captured the singer and the orphan. Dean and Wu Ma ventured their lives to rescue them... (hkcinemagic.com)
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From Riches To Rags (1980)
A doofus wins the lottery. He and his best friend live it up until a fortune teller tells him that he's going to die. So, the doofus goes to the doctor and after a mix-up his fears come true so he hires a money hungry hitman. The fun begins!! (imdb)
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Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)
A son tries to avenge his father, and gets two sword fighters to help him. (imdb)
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Itchy Fingers (1979)
Biggie and Tiny grow up together. They fight all the time. Biggie is a detective and Tiny is a thief. Biggie has the satisfaction of catching Tiny and putting him behind bars. When Tiny is released, he is approached by Daigau who wants Tiny's help to steal the world famous diamond. Tiny says no since he has decided to get the diamond all by himself. (hkcinemagic.com)
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Hello, Late Homecomers (1978)
An omnibus of tales from the three directors, Sit, Maka and Woo. Each dealing with true love and romance. The third and the best one of the tales deals with a hen-pecked husband trying to kill his wife. An action packed tale written and directed by John Woo who lets the fireworks fly! (imdb)
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Money Crazy (1977)
Ducky is hired by Rich Chen to transport the "diamonds" he stole from Uncle Pai Mary. Uncles Tough Guy and Mary would like to get the diamond from Ducky, so volunteering to relieve Ducky of his responsibility. Somehow Tough Guy subdues the gunman and finds out the diamonds are just paste. Tough Guy and Ducky are now partners and promise Uncle Pai to recover the real diamonds. Many times they try but they get nothing more than trouble. (hkcinemagic.com)
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Hand of Death (1976)
A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor. (IMDB)
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Dinü hua (1975)
Princess Chang Peng is a tragic tale performed Cantonese Opera style. (IMDB Comments)
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The Dragon Tamers (1975)
Tien and Wong begin as friends yet are torn apart by the enemy and the heart of a girl. (imdb)
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The Godfathers of Hong Kong (1974)
Before the mafia...the Tongs...And the Kung-Fu Dragons...These were the first--The most dreaded of all the dealers of death! (movie poster)
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The Young Dragons (1974)
The powerful mobster Leung, who is protected by the dangerous and wicked Huan Fai, sells two hundred Japanese weapons and ammunition to a Chinese gang. He uses the smuggler Luy Fu to bring the weapons but the smalltime thief Kim and his gang heist the shipment on the road and dump the cargo into the sea. However, he lures Luy Fu and asks a large amount to return the weapons with the intention of traveling abroad with his brother. (imdb)
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