Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Oct 18, 2019 - Sat, Oct 19, 2019
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FACING OFF WITH JOHN WOO

Born in southern mainland China in 1946, virtuoso action auteur John Woo grew up in Hong Kong and began as assistant director to legendary martial arts filmmaker Chang Cheh in 1969 at the fabled Shaw Brothers studio. Often referring to 1960s Hong Kong as a movie lover’s paradise, Woo feasted on an international smorgasbord of great films by directors such as Jean-Pierre Melville, John Ford and Akira Kurosawa, as well as numerous Japanese yakuza films. Directing his first feature, YOUNG DRAGON, in 1973, then sharpening his skills on kung fu pictures, knockabout comedies and various shoot-’em-ups, Woo was turning out such tremendous entertainment as LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY (1978) before his career was even a decade old.

His 1986 Vietnam-set mercenary drama, HEROES SHED NO TEARS, is a notable standout from this early period, before he shifted his focus toward his signature urban gunfight action mode. Joining forces with director Tsui Hark, Woo found a sympathetic producer, and the landmark A BETTER TOMORROW (1986) was the astonishing result, followed quickly by two more classics: Woo’s delirious, phantasmagorical THE KILLER, which helped make an international star of actor Chow Yun-Fat, and his explosive BULLET IN THE HEAD, which starred Tony Leung. The performers’ worlds collided in Woo’s masterful 1992 HARD BOILED, in which Chow and Leung make an unlikely partnership as hardened cop and enigmatic killer.

After shifting his base of operations to the U.S. in the early 1990s, Woo turned out a string of mega-successful action films packed with his trademark mixture of humor and spectacularly choreographed violence, including HARD TARGET with Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Nicolas Cage/John Travolta hit FACE/OFF. Since then, Woo has returned to filmmaking in China, finding success with historical epics like the two-part RED CLIFF and THE CROSSING.

We are thrilled to welcome John Woo to the Aero Theatre!
Aero TheatreFri, Oct 18, 2019 - Sat, Oct 19, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Director John Woo In Person!
Fri, Oct 18, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Director John Woo In Person!
Sat, Oct 19, 2019 - 2:00pm
Aero Theatre
Director John Woo In Person!
Sat, Oct 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre