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 films include "Red Cliff," "Mission: Impossible II," "Face/Off" and "Broken Arrow."
The BBC Tuesday quoted festival organizers as saying Woo had been chosen for the honor because he is "an innovator of the contemporary language of cinema."
"Woo is considered a master who has changed the language of contemporary film for generations of filmmakers," they said. "The acknowledgment recognizes a filmmaker who in recent decades, with his revolutionary conception of staging and editing, has renewed action movies to the core, introducing an extreme stylization close to visual art, both in Asia and in Hollywood."