John Woo

These streets mean

You're racing down the wet-market streets of Wan Chai, semi-automatic on the passenger seat, police cars to the left, triad vehicles to the right.

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

Of imitation and flattery

Reservoir Dogs (1993)

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Venice Film Festival to honour John Woo

Hong Kong director John Woo would receive the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival in September, organisers said yesterday. 'The acknowledgment recognises a filmmaker who in recent decades, with his revolutionary conception of staging and editing, has renewed action movies to the core,' they said in a statement.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

John Woo, cast put on brave faces for press

The cast and crew of John Woo's latest film faced the press on Monday. The US$110 million epic Red Cliff (opening on July 10) has endured numerous controversies and struggles, from casting chaos to cost overruns. Most recently, a stuntman died while shooting the second part of the two-part picture.

2 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Korean star gets her wish after Asian Film Awards pairing

Well, now you can't say the Asian Film Awards back in March were totally pointless. Perhaps it's just coincidence, but one good thing that came from them is that South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo got her wish to work with Taiwanese star Chang Chen.

26 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

New John Woo flick all over bar a bit of shooting

News about John Woo's US$80 million epic The Battle of Red Cliff (or just Red Cliff) is that shooting has finally finished. As of November 30, the principal shooting had been completed but there are reportedly some second unit pick-up shoots - often things like scenic vistas and generic background long shots - to be completed.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Film studies: Home movies

Terence Chang is the man who over-sees John Woo Yu-sum's Hollywood productions. He's also regarded as the architect of Chow Yun-fat's breakthrough in the US. And he's credited with introducing Korean directors Bong Joon-ho (The Host), Kim Ji-woon (A Bittersweet Life) and John H. Lee (A Moment to Remember) to Creative Artists Agency, one of the major players in Hollywood.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Uninspired tribute to John Woo

Although it's directed by Filipino-Chinese filmmaking newcomer Alexi Tan, Blood Brothers is a typical John Woo movie. All the Woo ingredients are there: brotherhood, chivalry, loads of action and, above all, plenty of dead bodies.

The plot is inspired by A Bullet in the Head (1990), arguably Woo's most ambitious film, as well as the director's personal favourite.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

High drama even before the cameras roll on John Woo's new flick

The off-screen plot of John Woo's new movie, The Battle of Red Cliff, is turning out to be as dramatic as the script. Just days ago, Chow Yun-fat dropped out of the film, with each side offering a different explanation. Chow said he wasn't given enough time to prepare; the producers claimed Chow made exorbitant demands they couldn't meet.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Dynamic duo Woo and Chow battle it out over latest project

Is this the biggest showbiz break-up since Brad and Jen or K-Fed and Britney? Reports are flying fast and furious that Chow Yun-fat is pulling out of John Woo's US$80 million film The Battle Of Red Cliff, which only started shooting last weekend outside Beijing.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sharing the secret to everlasting love

Romance has changed in many ways since our parents and grandparents were first married, but the vital ingredients are still the same

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

movie buff


Few people had high expectations when A Better Tomorrow released in 1986. That was a time when crass comedies ruled and there was no place for serious and thoughtful productions.

But the first collaboration between John Woo and Chow Yun-fat changed all that. The cult gangster classic was a box office hit.

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

boiled harder: woo classic to get the hollywood treatment

John Woo's action classic Hard Boiled is about to be remade by ... Johnnie To Kei-fung? It seems the Hong Kong director will remake his peer's 1992 classic for Hollywood - and with Chow Yun-fat reprising his lead role.

15 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

HK filmmakers urged to look beyond Hollywood

Taking over Hollywood is not a target of Hong Kong filmmakers, says internationally acclaimed director John Woo.

'Hollywood isn't the only [kind of cinema], and it isn't the best. There is no need for us filmmakers to have such an ambition,' said Woo, who was invited to present the 62nd Venice Film Festival's 'Secret History of Asian Cinema' programme on Friday night.

4 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Woo lands doctorate for 'fighting spirit'

It may peeve some PhD students struggling for years over their doctorates, but Baptist University as about to confer an honorary doctorate on internationally acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo.

13 Oct 2004 - 12:00am