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Woo wins lifetime achievement award

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Chinese director John Woo earned the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award Friday at the Venice Film Festival.

Woo to be honored at Venice film festival

VENICE, Italy, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Hong Kong movie director John Woo is to be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice film festival next September, organizers said.
Woo's 'Red Cliff' to air on HDNet

Woo's 'Red Cliff' to air on HDNet

DALLAS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- "Red Cliff," John Woo's first Chinese film in more than 10 years, is to premiere on HDNet Movies two days ahead of its planned U.S. theatrical release.

Woo embracing Chinese roots with 'Cliff'

TOKYO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Noted Chinese director John Woo says he is taking a risk leaving Hollywood to direct "Red Cliff," a two-part historical epic about his native land.

Woo to direct King Arthur western

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- Chinese film director John Woo is set to helm a big-screen adaptation of the soon-to-be-released King Arthur comic book, "Caliber."

Stuntman killed on set of John Woo movie

BEIJING, June 10 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old stuntman was killed in a fire on the set of John Woo's new movie "Chi Bi" or "The Battle of Red Cliff" in a Beijing suburb, fire officials said.

Ritchie to direct his 'Gamekeeper'

HOLLYWOOD, July 26 (UPI) -- Guy Ritchie plans to direct the Hollywood film version of his Virgin Comics series "The Gamekeeper," the first of the series to be developed as a feature.

Chow Yun-fat jumps off 'Red Cliff'

BEIJING, April 17 (UPI) -- John Woo is unexpectedly looking for a new leading man for his "Red Cliff" project after Chow Yun-fat skipped out three days into shooting near Beijing.

Venice Film Fest begins with high security

VENICE, Italy, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The 62nd Venice Film Festival kicked off Wednesday amid high security.

Spike Lee takes on UNICEF project

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) -- Spike Lee and six other directors will make a series of films for the United Nations International Children's Educational Fund.

Stuart Beattie set to write 'Spy-Hunter'

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- Stuart Beattie will rewrite "Spy-Hunter," Universal's adaptation of the popular video game starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
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John Woo Yu-Sen aka Sam Ng SBS (born 1 May 1946) is a Chinese film director and producer from Hong Kong. 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 Melville's Le Samouraï.

Woo was born amidst the chaos of the Chinese Civil War in 1946. The Christian Woo family, faced with persecution during Mao Zedong's early anti-bourgeois purges after the communist takeover of China, fled to Hong Kong when he was five. Impoverished, the Woo family lived in the slums at Shek Kip Mei. His father was a teacher, though rendered unable to work by tuberculosis, and his mother was a manual laborer on construction sites. The family was rendered homeless by the big Shek Kip Mei fire of 1953. Charitable donations from disaster relief efforts enabled the family to relocate, however, violent crime had by then become commonplace in Hong Kong housing projects.

Woo went to Concordia Lutheran School and received a Christian education (his Christian background shows influences in his films). See quote 2 bellow, please change} As a young boy, Woo had wanted to be a Christian minister. He later found a passion for movies influenced by the French New Wave especially Jean-Pierre Melville. Woo has said he was shy and had difficulty speaking, but found making movies a way to explore his feelings and thinking and would "use movies as a language".

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