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Did John Woo's Style of directing changed after he left Hong Kong for Hollywood?

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Did John Woo's Style of directing changed after he left Hong Kong for Hollywood? "The Killer" and "Mi2" are not very alike in style. "Hard Boiled" is similar to The Killer and "Hard Boiled's" and "Face off's" shootouts are very similar. In Mi2 a lot of the ideas for the action scenes were developed before the making of the film. This would explain the lack of substance in some of the action scenes. When I say substance I mean action with a purpose. (Show the mountain climbing scene of Mi2) But then again, Woo did not write Mi2, Robert Towne did so he had less control over the content of the film unlike the amount of control he has in "The Killer" which he wrote himself. Tom Cruise fires his gun in exactly the same fashion as Chow Yun-Fat did in "The Killer". This is one of john who's signatures. Both Cruise and Chow Yun Fat both seem to sway with emotion when pointing guns at their enemies. Also, both of these actors characters like to carry and use multiple guns and prefer to throw away a gun when it's out of bullets, rather than keep it in case they get more ammo for the gun type. ...read more.

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(Show the scene where Jeffrey says that he will do one more hit just so he can pay for Jenny to have corrective surgery.) The theme of friendship is very strong in "The Killer" as multiple characters risk their lives for there friends. Jeffrey's best friend even lowers himself by begging for his boss to pay Jeffrey because his friendship is that strong. Jeffrey's best friend also takes a strong beating when he goes to take the money by force. He soon dies from the injuries he sustained. (Show the clip where Jeffrey takes the money and has to shoot his way out) There is also a strong presence of honour in "Hard Boiled". There is a scene when the co-star and one of the bad guys are having a shoot out. The fight is so hectic that it takes them into a room full of innocent civilians, which they do not want to harm. To solve this they both drop their guns and ask the civilians to move (which is the honourable thing to do). (Show that clip) ...read more.

Conclusion

"The Killer's" violence and smoothness lulled me in from the start. Mi2 has a sort of manufactured feel to it in comparison to" The Killer" or "Hard Boiled". Yes John Woo's Style did change when he left Hong Kong for Hollywood. Mainly in the way that his films have become less violent and less blood drenched, due to heavy Hollywood censorship. Even though censorship regulations have restricted John Woo's violent mise en scene his signatures are still clearly visible in his films. He continually uses slow motion and characters that fashion two handguns. His influence spans many Hollywood movies and even video games. I discovered a playstation 2 game called "Devil May Cry" in which the main character sports two handguns, which shows how influential John Woo's films are. Woo now makes the camera move a lot more. John Woo does use a car chases in his films, which would explain the car chase in Mi2. At first I could not watch Mi2 because I was repelled by the over the top action scenes. "The killer's" violence and smoothness lulled me in from the start. Mi2 has a sort of manufactured feel to it in comparison to the killer. Adegbenga Adeleye - 1 - ...read more.

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