There has long been talk of a remake of John Woo‘s standard-setting 1989 action film The Killer. The movie was one of the pictures that focused international attention on both the director and his star Chow Yun-Fat, and it had great influence on action movies that followed. It’s a film that I can vividly remember seeing for the first time, even twenty years later.

Now whether we like it or not a new version — in 3D no less — is really happening, and true to statements they’ve dropped over the years, John Woo and his producing partner Terence Chang are behind it. Read More »

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John Woo is in the middle of what might be a renaissance. It’s too early to really make that call, but he’s more active now in the wake of Red Cliff than he’s been in the past few years. And more active with interesting projects — if you haven’t seen Red Cliff it is definitely worth the time; Reign of Assassins looks promising; and there’s the IMAX film Flying Tigers that Woo is preparing to make.

But the spectre of trouble looms. A Variety piece on the director announces that “Woo is hoping to line up A-list talent for his English-language remakes of two hugely influential action films”: Le Samourai and his own The Killer. Read More »

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