The complex choreography of the action sequences in his films owes a clear debt to the Hollywood musical, with its integration of rhythm, movement and colour.
I think the audience are looking for something different, too, but they haven't seen anything groundbreaking yet. Though hardly minimalist, Windtalkers represents a new level of refinement and suggests that Woo's career, already one of the most fertile in contemporary film, has yet to produce its last surprise.
As a real man, he was loyal to everything - loyal to yourself and loyal to your country, to your family and friends. A complex story of adversaries—each of whom surgically alters their identity—law enforcement agent John Travolta and terrorist Nicolas Cage play a cat-and-mouse game, trapped in each other's outward appearance.
But the secretary-general seems calm about pressure from these rivals, and others: "I think Korea put us under pressure for a period of time. The need for protection, the search for a safe harbour, remains a constant undercurrent in Woo's work. Cage's distrustful sergeant and Beach's naive private develop a relationship that follows Woo's usual operatic pattern of loyalty and betrayal, but it does so with a sense of nuance and a conciseness of gesture that is new to his work.
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Japan has been very steady over the last few years. After finishing his Hong Kong career with the highly personal Bullet in the Head - a saga of three boyhood friends who become gangsters in Vietnam - and the more frankly commercial Once a Thief and Hard-Boiled, Woo left for the United States.
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