The best movies directed by John Woo

List of the 10 best movies directed by John Woo, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
A Better Tomorrow II (Ying hung boon sik II)
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A Better Tomorrow II (Ying hung boon sik II)

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restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.

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Appleseed Saga: Ex Machina (Appurushido: Ekusu makina)
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Appleseed Saga: Ex Machina (Appurushido: Ekusu makina)

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s members of ESWAT, the elite forces serving Olympus, Deunan and Briaereos they are deployed everywhere trouble strikes. Olympus finds itself under a stealth attack - cyborg terrorism, deadly nanotech zealots, and rioting citizens are just some of the threats that Deunan must contend with as she fights to save Olympus!

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Red Cliff Part II (Chi bi Part II: Jue zhan tian xia)
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Red Cliff Part II (Chi bi Part II: Jue zhan tian xia)

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n 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance.

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Face/Off
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Face/Off

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n antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.

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Red Cliff (Chi bi)
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Red Cliff (Chi bi)

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n 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.

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A Better Tomorrow (Ying hung boon sik)
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A Better Tomorrow (Ying hung boon sik)

Role in movie: Taiwanese Investigator
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reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

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All the Invisible Children
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All the Invisible Children

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even short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.

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Hard Boiled (Lat sau san taam)
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Hard Boiled (Lat sau san taam)

Role in movie: Barman
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ohn Woo’s Hard Boiled tells the story of jaded detective “Tequila” Yuen (played with controlled fury by Chow Yun-fat). Woo’s dizzying odyssey through the world of Hong Kong Triads, undercover agents, and frenzied police raids culminates unforgettably in the breathless hospital sequence.

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Bullet in the Head (Dip huet gaai tau)
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Bullet in the Head (Dip huet gaai tau)

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hen three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.

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The Killer (Dip huet seung hung)
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The Killer (Dip huet seung hung)

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ong Kong's preeminent director John Woo transforms genres from both the East and the West to create this explosive and masterful action film. Featuring Hong Kong's greatest star, Chow Yun-fat, as a killer with a conscience, the film is an exquisite dissection of morals in a corrupt society, highlighted with slow-motion sequences of brilliantly choreographed gun battles on the streets of Hong Kong.

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John Woo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Woo Yu-Sen SBS (born 23 September 1946) 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Woo, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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