The films John Woo made in Hong Kong were perfectly matched to the interests of young American audiences, filled with blazing guns, macho posturing and bloody climaxes. Not only did Woo do what U.S. studios were looking for, but he did it better than anyone else, especially in A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard-Boiled. A decade ago, Woo arrived in America with his brand of action and adventure. He began small, working on a Jean-Claude Van Damme project called Hard Target before moving up in price (and class) through Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission Impossible II, which made enough money to grant Woo a bit more artistic freedom. He has exercised that freedom to make Windtalkers, his first attempt at a war film.
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