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

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)
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[on his childhood living in a Hong Kong slum] I had to fight to survive. Whenever I got beat up, I got upset, I also ran into the theater to watch a movie. But I have a very strong character, I never surrender, I [am] never afraid, no matter how big they are, how cruel they are, they never beat me down. I didn't have money. I just sneaked in or watched the movie from the peephole. I have found my... See more »

Trivia:

Woo's many American admirers include the likes of Martin Scorsese, Sam Raimi (who compared his mastery of action to Alfred Hitchcock's mastery of suspense) and Quentin Tarantino (who, replying to a studio executive saying "I suppose Woo can direct action scenes" said "Sure, and Michelangelo can paint ceilings!"). See more »

Trademark:

His characters often mimic the actions of other their counterparts, typically accompanied by flashbacks of those scenes. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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