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Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow (1986) established his reputation as a master ... See full bio »

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19 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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A Better Tomorrow
Red Cliff
Red Cliff Producer
Hard Boiled
Hard Boiled Director
The Killer
The Killer Director


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 2016/II Nuts! (Short) (executive producer)
 2011 7 Brothers (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2010 A Better Tomorrow (executive producer)
 2010 Jian yu (producer)
 2009 Yao tiao shen shi (supervising producer)
 2009 Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia (producer)
 2008 Red Cliff (chief producer) / (producer)
 2007 Appleseed Ex Machina (producer)
 2007 Tian tang kou (producer)
 2007 Stranglehold (Video Game) (producer)
 2005 The Glass Beads (Short) (producer)
 2004 The Robinsons: Lost in Space (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2003 Paycheck (producer)
 2003 Bulletproof Monk (producer)
 2002 Red Skies (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2002 Windtalkers (producer)
 1998 Blackjack (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1998 The Big Hit (executive producer)
 1998 The Replacement Killers (executive producer)
 1998 Once a Thief: Family Business (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1997 Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1996 Once a Thief (TV Series) (executive producer - 1997-1998)
 1996 Once a Thief (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1996 Lang man feng bao (executive producer) / (producer)
 1995 Nanjing 1937 (producer)
 1995 He ping fan dian (producer)
 1990 Die xue jie tou (producer)
 1986 Ying xiong wu lei (producer)
 1986 A Better Tomorrow (producer)
 1985 Zhua gui te gong dui (producer)
 1985 Gu lian hua (producer)
 1985 Liang zhi lao hu (producer)
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Other Works:

Commercial: Nike Brazilian Football Commercial (1998) See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 10 Interviews | 17 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ng Yu Chen | Yu Chen Ng | Yu-Sam Ng | Wu Yu Shen | Wu Yu Sheng | John Y.S. Woo | John Wu | Yao Shen Wu | Yu Sheng Wu | Yu Shen Wu | Yu-Sheng Wu | Yu-Shen Wu | Yu-shen Wu | Yusen Wu | Wu Yu-shen


5' 4½" (1.64 m)

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[on working with Jean-Claude Van Damme] That's a long story. About five or six years ago, I got many offers from Hollywood studios. The producer and script writers [for Hard Target (1993)] flew to Hong Kong to see me and they asked me to do the picture. [Van Damme was being considered to star.] Van Damme wanted a change, he wanted to prove himself as an actor. And he asked me to do the film. I ... See more »


His family's roots are in Guangxi in southern China. See more »


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