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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 »

Known For

Face/Off
Face/Off Director
(1997)
Red Cliff
Red Cliff Producer
(2008)
Mission: Impossible II
(2000)
Hard Boiled
Hard Boiled Director
(1992)

Filmography

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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)
 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-Sheng Wu | Yu-Shen Wu | Yu-shen Wu | Yusen Wu | Wu Yu-shen

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)
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[on working in Hollywood] Even though I enjoyed the opportunity to work in Hollywood, I never got used to their system. I didn't like much of the studio people. Well, there are too much politics and so much going on, and a lot of them have nothing to do with the movie. It's all about power, it's all about egos. See more »

Trivia:

His film The Killer (1989) ("The Killer") (alongside City on Fire (1987) (City on Fire) by Ringo Lam) was one of the inspirations for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992). Although the plot came from "City on Fire", a lot of the style of "Reservoir Dogs" (e.g., the suits, the Mexican standoffs, the double guns) came from "The Killer" as well as Woo's work in general. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses unusual weapons to change the course of hand-to-hand combat scenes. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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