John Woo enjoys the view from the Harbour Grand Hotel, Whampoa Gardens in Hong Kong. The legendary director, who turns 74 on Friday, found his true calling in the 1980s as the main exponent of the so-called “heroic bloodshed” genre. Photo: Jonathan Wong

How iconic director John Woo reinvented action movies in Hong Kong and Hollywood

  • Mixing spectacular set pieces with sentiment in films such as The Killer and Hard Boiled, Woo started tropes now synonymous with the action genre
  • His career has come full circle with his latest film Manhunt, featuring his patented slow-motion, multi-gun action – and, of course, his trusty doves
Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
John Woo enjoys the view from the Harbour Grand Hotel, Whampoa Gardens in Hong Kong. The legendary director, who turns 74 on Friday, found his true calling in the 1980s as the main exponent of the so-called “heroic bloodshed” genre. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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