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John Woo’s The Killer$
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Kenneth E. Hall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099562

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099562.001.0001

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Woo after The Killer

Woo after The Killer

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John Woo’s The Killer

Kenneth E. Hall

Hong Kong University Press

The Killer was the spark for Woo's international career. Just as A Better Tomorrow had been the turning point in his local and regional career, The Killer led to increased international attention being directed to Woo and his work. Woo achieved an early cult status in the States, with audiences reportedly cheering at showings of his films during the “extreme gunplay” sections. Following its release, Woo made other films in Hong Kong, but only Hard-Boiled (1992) approached the visibility, in this early stage of his career in the West, that The Killer had gained. Although Woo's other two recent Hollywood films, Mission Impossible 2 (2000) and Paycheck (2003), are not as deeply imbued with his familiar themes, neither are they devoid of his preoccupations.

Keywords:   John Woo, Hard-Boiled, Paycheck, Mission Impossible 2, A Better Tomorrow, gangster films

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