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* ''Film/JustHeroes'' (1989) - Directed by John Woo and Wu Ma, this is one of the lesser-known John Woo movies, but no less action-packed, this movie has two brothers (played by Danny Lee and David Chiang) teaming up against a third who betrayed and killed their well-respected gang boss father.

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* ''Film/JustHeroes'' (1989) - Directed by John Woo and Wu Ma, this is one of the lesser-known John Woo movies, but no less action-packed, this movie has two brothers (played by Danny Lee Creator/DannyLee and David Chiang) Creator/DavidChiang) teaming up against a third who betrayed and killed their well-respected gang boss father.

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* ''Film/HandOfDeath'': One of Woo's forays into film-making, also notable for featuring the three dragons of Hong Kong cinema, Creator/JackieChan, Creator/SammoHung and Creator/YuenBiao, in the same movie... before they were even famous.
* ''Film/LastHurrahForChivalry'': An early directorial effort, this {{Wuxia}} serves as a template for Woo's future films about brotherhood and chivalry.


* ''Film/{{Blackjack}}'' (1998)

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* ''Film/{{Blackjack}}'' (1998) ''Film/Blackjack1998''

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: for all the stylized gun violence in his films, fistfights in Woo's movies tend to be no-frills, brutal, exhausting affairs.


* ''Blackjack'' (1998)

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* ''Blackjack'' ''Film/{{Blackjack}}'' (1998)

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Film/TheKiller'' and ''Film/BulletInTheHead'' are quite possibly his darkest and most somber films.


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Ng Yu-Sum, better known as John Woo (born 1 May 1946) is probably ''the'' best known ([[ImportFilter to Western audiences]]) Hong Kong director. Drawing inspiration from movie greats like Creator/SergioLeone, Creator/SamPeckinpah, Creator/AkiraKurosawa, and Shaw Brothers legend Chang Cheh, Woo is powerfully associated with the HeroicBloodshed genre and its most visually appealing tropes: GunsAkimbo, the MexicanStandoff, BloodstainedGlassWindows, and DisturbedDoves. Especially those doves.

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Ng Yu-Sum, better known as John Woo (born 1 May 1946) 1946), is probably ''the'' best known ([[ImportFilter to Western audiences]]) Hong Kong director. Drawing inspiration from movie greats like Creator/SergioLeone, Creator/SamPeckinpah, Creator/AkiraKurosawa, and Shaw Brothers legend Chang Cheh, Woo is powerfully associated with the HeroicBloodshed genre and its most visually appealing tropes: GunsAkimbo, the MexicanStandoff, BloodstainedGlassWindows, and DisturbedDoves. Especially those doves.


* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: In real life, Woo is a Christian Pacifist who claims to never have fired a gun once.


Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Reign of Assassins'' and the two-part movie ''The Crossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with 2017's ''Manhunt''.

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Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Reign of Assassins'' and the two-part movie ''The Crossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with 2017's ''Manhunt''.


Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Reign of Assassins'' and the two-part movie ''The Crossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with ''Manhunt''.

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Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Reign of Assassins'' and the two-part movie ''The Crossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with 2017's ''Manhunt''.


Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Reign of Assassins'' and the two-part movie ''The Crossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with the 2017 ''Manhunt''.

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Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Reign of Assassins'' and the two-part movie ''The Crossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with the 2017 ''Manhunt''.


* MexicanStandoff: His films frequently have the two-person point-blank variant, to the point where it is sometimes referred to as the "John Woo Standoff". In fact, this trope was deeply associated with him before it became associated Creator/QuentinTarantino, who's usage of them was largely in reference to Woo.

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* MexicanStandoff: His films frequently have the two-person point-blank variant, to the point where it is sometimes referred to as the "John Woo Standoff". In fact, this trope was deeply associated with him before it became associated with Creator/QuentinTarantino, who's usage of them was largely in reference to Woo.


Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Film/ReignOfAssassins'' and ''Film/TheCrossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with the 2017 ''Film/Manhunt''.

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Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Film/ReignOfAssassins'' ''Reign of Assassins'' and ''Film/TheCrossing''. the two-part movie ''The Crossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with the 2017 ''Film/Manhunt''.
''Manhunt''.


Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.

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Woo left Hollywood and returned to Chinese cinema in 2008 by directing ''Film/RedCliff'', a big budget two-part film inspired by a famous battle in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''.
''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', and the {{wuxia}} movies ''Film/ReignOfAssassins'' and ''Film/TheCrossing''. He has recently returned to the genre that made him famous with the 2017 ''Film/Manhunt''.

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* CreatorBacklash: He disowned ''A Better Tomorrow II'' due to the ExecutiveMeddling denying him final cut. With the exception of the climactic gun battle.


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* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: In real life, Woo is a Christian Pacifist who claims to never have fired a gun once.

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