Biography

John Woo Yu-Sen SBS is a Hong Kong film director and producer. Recognized for his stylised films of highly choreographed action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and use of slow-motion, Woo has directed several notable Hong Kong action films, among them, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled and Red Cliff. His Hollywood films include Hard Target, Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2. He also created the comic series Seven Brothers, published by Virgin Comics. Woo was described by Dave Kehr in The Observer in 2002 as "arguably the most influential director making movies today". Woo cites his three favorite films as David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï.

John Woo Yu-Sen SBS is a Hong Kong film director and producer. Recognized for his stylised films of highly choreographed action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and use of slow-motion, Woo has directed several notable Hong Kong action films, among them, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled and Red Cliff. His Hollywood films include Hard Target, Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2. He also created the comic series Seven Brothers, published by Virgin Comics. Woo was described by Dave Kehr in The Observer in 2002 as "arguably the most influential director making movies today". Woo cites his three favorite films as David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 79

Birthday 1946-09-22

Place of Birth Guangzhou, China

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Also Known As

  • 吳宇森
  • Wu Yu-Sheng
  • Wu Yu-Shen
  • Wu Yao-Shen
  • John Y. S. Woo
  • John Y. Woo
  • Ng Yue-Sum

Directing TV ShowsMovies

The Killer Director
Eight & a Half Director
2017 Manhunt Director
2015 The Crossing II Director
2014 The Crossing Director
2010 Reign of Assassins Director
2009 Red Cliff Part II Director
2008 Red Cliff Director
2005 All the Invisible Children Director
2004 The Robinsons: Lost in Space Director
2003 Paycheck Director
2002 Windtalkers Director
2002 Hostage Director
2001 The Hire (1 episode)Director
2000 Mission: Impossible II Director
1998 Blackjack Director
1997 Face/Off Director
1996 Once a Thief Director
1996 Broken Arrow Director
1993 Hard Target Director
1992 Hard Boiled Director
1991 Once a Thief Director
1990 Bullet in the Head Director
1989 Just Heroes Director
1989 The Killer Director
1987 A Better Tomorrow II Director
1986 Heroes Shed No Tears Director
1986 A Better Tomorrow Director
1985 The Time You Need a Friend Director
1985 Run Tiger Run Director
1982 Plain Jane to the Rescue Director
1982 To Hell with the Devil Director
1980 Laughing Times Director
1980 From Riches to Rags Director
1979 Last Hurrah for Chivalry Director
1978 Hello, Late Homecomers Director
1978 Follow the Star Director
1977 Money Crazy Director
1976 Hand of Death Director
1976 Princess Chang-Ping Director
1975 The Young Dragons Director
1975 The Dragon Tamers Director
1973 Fist to Fist Assistant Director
1968 Accidentally Director
1968 Dead Knot Director

Acting

2016 Ken San as Himself
2011 Kurosawa's Way as Himself
2011 Beginning of the Great Revival as Lin Sen
2009 The Founding of a Republic as Liu Wenhui
2009 How Bruce Lee Changed the World as Himself
2008 Team-Up: John Woo and Shinji Aramaki
2005 A Century of Light and Shadow as Himself
2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Wu Xia as Himself
2003 Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong as Himself
2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu as Himself
2002 The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies as Himself - Interviewee
1999 Kurosawa: The Last Emperor as Himself
1998 Jackie Chan: My Story as Himself
1998 Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema as Himself
1997 Task Force
1994 Cinema of Vengeance as Himself (uncredited)
1993 Film ohne Fesseln - Das neue Hongkong Kino as Himself
1992 Hard Boiled as Barman
1992 Twin Dragons as Priest
1991 The Banquet as Man on stairs
1990 Rebel from China as Kwong
1990 Bullet in the Head as Policeman
1989 日落巴黎
1988 Starry is the Night as Father Fan
1987 The Thirty Million Dollar Rush as Ling's Husband
1986 A Better Tomorrow as Taiwanese Investigator
1980 From Riches to Rags as [cameo]
1979 Itchy Fingers as Triad boss on lorry
1978 Follow the Star as Miss Chen's father
1976 Hand of Death as Zhang Yi
1975 The Young Dragons as Message deliverer
1973 The Mandarin
1968 Accidentally as Young Man
1968 Dead Knot

Writing

2017 Manhunt Writer
2009 Red Cliff Part II Screenplay
2008 Red Cliff Screenplay
1992 Hard Boiled Author
1991 Once a Thief Screenplay
1990 Bullet in the Head Screenplay
1989 The Killer Screenplay
1987 A Better Tomorrow II Writer
1986 Heroes Shed No Tears Writer
1986 A Better Tomorrow Screenplay
1982 To Hell with the Devil Writer
1980 From Riches to Rags Writer
1979 Last Hurrah for Chivalry Writer
1978 Hello, Late Homecomers Screenplay
1978 Follow the Star Writer
1977 Money Crazy Screenplay
1976 Hand of Death Writer
1976 Princess Chang-Ping Screenplay
1975 The Young Dragons Writer
1968 Dead Knot Writer

Production

The Killer Producer
2010 Reign of Assassins Producer
2008 Red Cliff Producer
2007 Appleseed: Ex Machina Producer
2003 Paycheck Producer
2003 Bulletproof Monk Producer
2002 Red Skies Executive Producer
2002 Windtalkers Producer
1998 The Big Hit Executive Producer
1998 The Replacement Killers Executive Producer
1995 Peace Hotel Executive Producer
1990 Bullet in the Head Producer
1989 A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon Producer
1986 A Better Tomorrow Producer
1985 Love, Lone Flower Producer

Crew

1998 The Replacement Killers Choreographer
1975 The Dragon Tamers Script
1973 The Mandarin Second Unit

Editing

1992 Hard Boiled Editor
1990 Bullet in the Head Editor

Creator

1996 Once a Thief Creator

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