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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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Known For

(1986)
Red Cliff Director
(2008)
Hard Boiled Director
(1992)
Face/Off Director
(1997)

Filmography

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 2017 Manhunt
 2014/I The Crossing
 2010 Reign of Assassins (co-director)
 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 The Hire (Short) (segment "Hostage")
 2003 Paycheck
 2002 Hostage (Short)
 2002 Windtalkers
 1998 Blackjack (TV Movie)
 1997 Face/Off (directed by)
 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
 1979 Last Hurrah for Chivalry (as John Y.S. Woo)
 1977 Money Crazy
 1976 The Hand of Death (as Wu Yu Sheng)
 1976 Princess Chang Ping (as Yusen Wu)
 1975 The Dragon Tamers (as Wu Yu-shen)
 1968 Accidentaly (Short)
 1968 Sijie (Short) (co-director)
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Other Works:

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

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Spouse:

Anne Woo  (3 children)

Children:

Angeles Woo
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Personal Quote:

[on Mean Streets (1973)] I saw this film before I directed my first movie. Even after I directed my first movie, I didn't have much confidence. I must confess, I think I started a little too young. I should have learned more. I started with some kung-fu movies and comedies. After I watched "Mean Streets", it made me feel ashamed--"Why don't I make a movie like that? Tell a true story?" See more »

Trivia:

Despite the intense gunfighting in his films, he claims that in real-life he has a pacifist temperament and does not even own a gun. See more »

Trademark:

[reflection]: characters are often alerted to danger by seeing a reflection See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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