Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Broken' Record Director Woo Has a Plan of Action

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Broken' Record Director Woo Has a Plan of Action

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Who's the best action director now working in America?

James Cameron may be the master of airplane stunts, car crashes and techno-traumas. But for balletic, even poetic action sequences hand-to-hand or gun-to-gun, the man to call is "Broken Arrow" director John Woo, who turns 50 this year and has two dozen movies under his belt. Most were made in Hong Kong and will never be seen here. But half a dozen can be found on video, all featuring his trademarks: slow- and stop-motion at unexpected times, birds flying everywhere--as symbols of purity, perhaps, though Woo doesn't say--and sound effects that contradict your expectations. If you want to know who's Woo, check out these five films:

"A Better Tomorrow" (1986): A police inspector blames his gangster brother for the death of their dad. Woo's still finding his way as a stylist, but his favorite themes of loyalty and betrayal are in place.

v "A Better Tomorrow II" (1987): A character killed in part 1 returns, now playing his twin brother (unmentioned in the first part! …

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