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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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 2014/I The Crossing
 2009 Red Cliff II
 2008 Red Cliff
 2007 Stranglehold (Video Game)
 2005 All the Invisible Children (segment "Song Song and Little Cat")
 2004 The Robinsons: Lost in Space (TV Movie)
 2003 Paycheck
 2002 Hostage (Short)
 2002 Windtalkers
 1998 Blackjack (TV Movie)
 1997 Face/Off
 1996 Once a Thief (TV Movie)
 1996 Broken Arrow
 1993 Hard Target
 1992 Hard Boiled
 1991 Once a Thief
 1989 Just Heroes
 1989 The Killer
 1985 Xiao jiang
 1980 Qian zuo guai
 1977 Fa qian han
 1976 Shao Lin men (as Wu Yu Sheng)
 1976 Dinü hua (as Yusen Wu)
 1975 Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui (as Wu Yu-shen)
 1968 Accidentaly (Short)
 1968 Sijie (Short) (co-director)
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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-Sheng Wu | Yu-Shen Wu | Yu-shen Wu | Yusen Wu | Wu Yu-shen


5' 4½" (1.64 m)

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[on Akira Kurosawa] I love Kurosawa's movies, and I got so much inspiration from him. He is one of my idols and one of the great masters. See more »


French director Jean-Pierre Melville has had the most influence on Woo; he based his film The Killer (1989) ("The Killer") on Le Samouraï (1967). See more »


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