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John Woo Heads Back to Hardboiled Genre Roots

John Woo Heads Back to Hardboiled Genre Roots

Hong Kong-based John Woo is one of the few directors from Asia to effectively generate multiple Hollywood studio hits, from “Face-Off” and “Broken Arrow” to “Mission: Impossible II.” But lately he’s been financing and releasing his films in Asia; the spectacular  2008 historic epic “Red Cliff” was released stateside. He also went historical with the two-part 1949 disaster drama “The Crossing” series, which opened in Taiwan, Singapore and China.

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Now the famed action director is returning to his roots, he told Screen at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where he is getting the Samurai Award. First up is a remake of the 1976 Takakura Ken thriller “Manhunt” in Japan later this year; Woo has always wanted to make a film in Japan. It’s the second adaptation of Juko Nishimura’s Japanese novel “Kimi Yo Fundo No Kawa No Watare.” 
Woo also plans to fulfill the long-gestating American version of his 1989 hardboiled actioner “The Killer,” which starred Chow Yun-Fat in one of his iconic roles. The remake is one of several Woo projects in development in Hollywood.

Woo and producer Terence Chang have long harbored the desire to shoot “Flying Tigers,” an ambitious period actioner set in World War II about a group of American pilots who volunteered to fight under the Chinese flag alongside their Chinese counterparts during WWII. It’s a movie about international cooperation and the brotherhood of warriors. Will that ever happen?

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