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24th Sep '17 6:21:29 AM Ominae
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* ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStar2018''
12th Aug '17 9:30:51 PM mrnickname
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* ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior'': "Be proud Mr.Woo!"

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior'': ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior'' "Be proud Mr.Woo!"
5th Aug '17 3:32:02 PM mrnickname
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* ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior'': "Be proud Mr.Woo!"


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* ''VideoGame/JustCause'' thanks to the acrobatics and dual wielding.
1st Aug '17 12:27:17 PM infernape612
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->''"Honor is his code. Vengeance is his mission. Bloodshed is his only option."''
-->-- '''Tagline''' for ''Creator/JohnWoo Presents: VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}}''
1st Jul '17 4:14:07 PM nombretomado
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For more information about the genre, see TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroic_bloodshed article]].

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For more information about the genre, see TheOtherWiki's Wiki/TheOtherWiki's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroic_bloodshed article]].
11th Jun '17 6:38:59 AM Dravencour
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* BackToBackBadasses
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BadassLongcoat

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* BackToBackBadasses
BackToBackBadasses: If two heroes (or even a hero and a rival) feature in a film, count on at least one instance where they cover each other this way against a horde of mooks.
* BadassInANiceSuit
BadassInANiceSuit: The attire of choice for many assassins, heroic and villainous gangsters, high ranking cops and the like.
* BadassLongcoatBadassLongcoat: The other major attire of choice for characters, usually open like the wings of an angel of death.



* BloodBrothers

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* BloodBrothersBloodBrothers: A holdover from the Chinese cinematic and literary tradition -- two men who are sworn to each other and will go through hell and high water for each other. Actual blood relation optional.



* CoolShades
* CowboyCop
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster

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* CoolShades
CoolShades: Heroes and villains alike tend to wear these.
* CowboyCop
CowboyCop: If a cop appears in one of these films as one of the heroes, he's more likely than not to be one of these.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangsterDamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: A lot of Hong Kong gangster movies, particularly the likes of ''The Young and the Dangerous'', tend to glorify the triad lifestyle.



* HitmanWithAHeart

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* HitmanWithAHeartHitmanWithAHeart: If an assassin isn't on the side of evil in one of these movies, he's likely to be one of these where it counts.



* ManlyTears

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* ManlyTearsManlyTears: Heroes in Blood Opera are not shy about letting their emotions show.
11th Jun '17 6:30:29 AM Dravencour
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* BloodstainedGlassWindows

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* BloodstainedGlassWindowsBloodstainedGlassWindows: Ever since The Killer, church shootouts have shown up on occasion in these movies.



* GunsAkimbo

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* GunsAkimboGunsAkimbo: Though single-gunning is quite common in these films, it isn't uncommon to see a hero or villain go both guns blazing.



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy

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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademyImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Many mooks tend to be lousy shots, though they do sometimes land hits.



* ManInWhite
* MexicanStandOff
* RedOniBlueOni
* SmokingIsCool

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* ManInWhite
ManInWhite: Usually the hero or the villain. Count on the white suit to get covered in blood.
* MexicanStandOff
MexicanStandOff: Most often between two people at point blank range, though three or even more-way standoffs are common.
* RedOniBlueOni
RedOniBlueOni: Count on at least one relationship along these lines, particularly between heroes and villains.
* SmokingIsCoolSmokingIsCool: This genre started back in the [=80s=], when smoking was still a thing, and even now, some movies still have their heroes and villains smoke.



* TheTriadsAndTheTongs
* ThrowAwayGuns

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* TheTriadsAndTheTongs
TheTriadsAndTheTongs: They're both heroes and villains in these movies.
* ThrowAwayGunsThrowAwayGuns: Many characters in these films, upon emptying their guns, will often dump them and draw new ones instead of reloading them.



* {{Yakuza}} and related tropes

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* {{Yakuza}} and related tropestropes: The Japanese are no strangers to the genre either.
11th Jun '17 6:23:01 AM Dravencour
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[[caption-width-right:350:Two BloodBrothers about to spill some more blood -- both their own and their enemies']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Two BloodBrothers about to spill some more blood -- blood; both their own and their enemies']]
enemies'.]]
11th Jun '17 6:22:28 AM Dravencour
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Also known as Usefulnotes/HongKong Blood Opera, this is a genre of Hong Kong Action Cinema made popular by directors like Creator/JohnWoo and Ringo Lam and actors such as Creator/ChowYunFat. Heroic Bloodshed plots are primarily modern-day crime action pieces that focus on revenge, redemption or some kind of conflict between rivals or enemies on both sides of the law, with a special focus on gunplay. There's a very strong theme of honor, loyalty and betrayal in these movies, particularly those made by John Woo.

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\n[[caption-width-right:350:Two BloodBrothers about to spill some more blood -- both their own and their enemies']]

Also known as Usefulnotes/HongKong UsefulNotes/HongKong Blood Opera, this is a genre of Hong Kong Action Cinema made popular by directors like Creator/JohnWoo and Ringo Lam and actors such as Creator/ChowYunFat. Heroic Bloodshed plots are primarily modern-day crime action pieces that focus on revenge, redemption or some kind of conflict between rivals or enemies on both sides of the law, with a special focus on gunplay. There's a very strong theme of honor, loyalty and betrayal in these movies, particularly those made by John Woo.
28th May '17 3:55:24 AM Ominae
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* ''Heroes Shed No Tears'' - the first gunplay movie directed by Creator/JohnWoo, released after ''A Better Tomorrow''.
* ''Hero of Tomorrow'' - directed by Poon Man Kit starring Max Mok.
* ''Dragon Family'' - directed by Lau Kar Leung and starring Alan Tam, O Chun Hung and Max Mok.
* ''Legacy of Rage'' - directed by Ronny Yu, noted for being Brandon Lee's first movie.
* ''City on Fire'' - directed by Ringo Lam, starring Chow Yun-Fat and Danny Lee, noted for inspiring Creator/QuentinTarantino's ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* ''Killer's Romance'' - directed by Phillip Ko Fei and starring Simon Yam. Based on ''Manga/CryingFreeman''.
* ''Rich and Famous'' - directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-Fat and Andy Lau.
* ''Tragic Hero'' - directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau and Alan Tam. Was intended as a sequel to Rich and Famous, but ended up getting released first.
* ''Just Heroes'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, with none of Woo's previous stars, though Danny Lee, who plays in this one, would go on to appear in...



* ''Film/HardTarget'' - Creator/JohnWoo's first American movie, starring the "Muscles from Brussels," Jean Claude Van Damme.
* ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, starring John Travolta and Christian Slater.
* ''Film/HeroicTrio'' follows this genre to the letter with the possible exception of gunplay. Only one of the girls uses guns.
* ''Film/HitTeam''
* ''Film/TheInfernalAffairsTrilogy'' - directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Andy Lau. One of the more cynical series.



* ''Bullet in the Head'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, and featuring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Jacky Cheung, and Simon Yam.
* ''Once a Thief'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Creator/LeslieCheung and Cheri Chung.
* ''Full Contact'' - directed by Ringo Lam, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Simon Yam and Anthony Wong.
* ''Exiled'' - directed by Johnnie To, starring Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet and Simon Yam.
* ''Film/HardTarget'' - Creator/JohnWoo's first American movie, starring the "Muscles from Brussels," Jean Claude Van Damme.
* ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, starring John Travolta and Christian Slater.
* ''Film/HeroicTrio'' follows this genre to the letter with the possible exception of gunplay. Only one of the girls uses guns.
* ''Film/HitTeam''
* ''Film/TheInfernalAffairsTrilogy'' - directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Andy Lau. One of the more cynical series.



* ''Film/NoTearsForTheDead''
* ''Film/TheRaid'' and its continuation, ''[[Film/TheRaid2Berandal Berandal]]'' - directed by Gareth Evans. In recent years, probably the best-known films of this genre, at least for Western audiences.



* ''Heroes Shed No Tears'' - the first gunplay movie directed by Creator/JohnWoo, released after ''A Better Tomorrow''.
* ''Hero of Tomorrow'' - directed by Poon Man Kit starring Max Mok.
* ''Dragon Family'' - directed by Lau Kar Leung and starring Alan Tam, O Chun Hung and Max Mok.
* ''Legacy of Rage'' - directed by Ronny Yu, noted for being Brandon Lee's first movie.
* ''City on Fire'' - directed by Ringo Lam, starring Chow Yun-Fat and Danny Lee, noted for inspiring Creator/QuentinTarantino's ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* ''Killer's Romance'' - directed by Phillip Ko Fei and starring Simon Yam. Based on ''Manga/CryingFreeman''.
* ''Rich and Famous'' - directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-Fat and Andy Lau.
* ''Tragic Hero'' - directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau and Alan Tam. Was intended as a sequel to Rich and Famous, but ended up getting released first.
* ''Just Heroes'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, with none of Woo's previous stars, though Danny Lee, who plays in this one, would go on to appear in...
* ''Bullet in the Head'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, and featuring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Jacky Cheung, and Simon Yam.
* ''Once a Thief'' - directed by Creator/JohnWoo, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Creator/LeslieCheung and Cheri Chung.
* ''Full Contact'' - directed by Ringo Lam, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Simon Yam and Anthony Wong.
* ''Exiled'' - directed by Johnnie To, starring Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet and Simon Yam.



* ''Film/TheRaid'' and its continuation, ''[[Film/TheRaid2Berandal Berandal]]'' - directed by Gareth Evans. In recent years, probably the best-known films of this genre, at least for Western audiences.
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