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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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 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
 1981 Hua ji shi dai (as Wu Hsiang-fei)
 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)
 1974 Meng shi (as Wu Yin-sheng)
 1972 Revenge of the Iron-Fist Maiden (as Fei-chien Wu)
 1968 Accidentaly (Short)
 1968 Sijie (Short) (co-director)
 1966 Hu yao hu (as Fei-chien Wu)
 1966 Wang ge Liu ge 007 (as Fei-chien Wu)
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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 | Wu Hsiang-fei | Yu Chen Ng | Yu-Sam Ng | Wu Yao Shen | Wu Yu Shen | Wu Yu Sheng | Fei-chien Wu | John Wu | Yao Shen Wu | Yu Sheng Wu | Yu-Sheng Wu | Yu-Shen Wu | Yu-shen Wu | Yusen Wu | Wu Yin-sheng | Wu Yu-shen

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)
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Personal Quote:

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:

He is the first Asian director ever to make a mainstream Hollywood film (Hard Target (1993)). See more »

Trademark:

His lead characters, whether good or bad, always have a code of conduct which includes a strict vow never to harm or kill innocent people. In many of his films, these lead characters often fight against villains with no such code who freely kill innocent people without remorse. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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