Chow Yun-fat (left) and Danny Lee in a still from The Killer (1989). The action film “is definitely a bromance, it is John Woo doing chivalry in modern times”, says expert on Hong Kong film Frank Djeng.
Chow Yun-fat (left) and Danny Lee in a still from The Killer (1989). The action film “is definitely a bromance, it is John Woo doing chivalry in modern times”, says expert on Hong Kong film Frank Djeng.

How John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow launched action-film era in Hong Kong, and the wuxia and kung fu roots of hits like The Killer and City on Fire

  • John Woo’s 1986 film A Better Tomorrow triggered a new era of action films in Hong Kong, with gunplay replacing swordplay
  • As film expert Frank Djeng explains, much of the fight choreography and brotherhood themes of wuxia and kung fu films remained intact in the new genre

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Chow Yun-fat (left) and Danny Lee in a still from The Killer (1989). The action film “is definitely a bromance, it is John Woo doing chivalry in modern times”, says expert on Hong Kong film Frank Djeng.
Chow Yun-fat (left) and Danny Lee in a still from The Killer (1989). The action film “is definitely a bromance, it is John Woo doing chivalry in modern times”, says expert on Hong Kong film Frank Djeng.
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