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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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 2016 Cognition (TV Series) (executive producer) (pre-production)
 2016/II Nuts! (Short) (executive producer)
 2011 7 Brothers (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2010 A Better Tomorrow (executive producer)
 2010 Reign of Assassins (producer)
 2009 My Fair Gentleman (supervising producer)
 2009 Red Cliff II (producer)
 2008 Red Cliff (chief producer) / (producer)
 2007 Appleseed Ex Machina (producer)
 2007 Blood Brothers (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 Peace Hotel (producer)
 1990 Bullet in the Head (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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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


5' 4½" (1.64 m)

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[on Tom Cruise] When he talks, he has so much energy it's almost like he's dancing. So I used that to choreograph his action scenes. See more »


Is production partners with Terence Chang. See more »


Berettas are mainly used as the main character's gun in his movies See more »

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