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The bread-and-butter of the film industry is the action movie. Each summer, audiences can expect to see car chases, gunfights and explosions, and studios can expect to see millions and millions of dollars in return. Though most viewers and critics see these movies as "fluff" entertainment, there is one director that puts as much heart and soul into his "fluff" as any number of talented directors put into their "serious" movies. His name is John Woo. Even though you may not have heard about him, he is widely considered to be the best contemporary director of action films working anywhere.
John Woo, after many years of hard work, has become known as the world's best action film director. His action sequences have become the stuff of legend and are now the basis from which all other action movies are judged. More importantly, along with the bloodshed, Woo has proven that he can create real characters with real emotions that the audience can sympathize with.
He's a bold visual stylist who stages kinetic scene of over- the- top gunplay with fluid camera movements, extremely long takes, and perfectly timed choreography of movement. Woo's on the spot improvising that also delivered one of the most amazing gun blazing sequences when in the middle of the movie a full-blooded gunfight erupts, but is played out in balletic slow-motion to Somewhere Over The Rainbow, heard through child's headphones. The song was put in the represent the child's innocence, and also to show how that innocence is being corrupted by the violence around him. Woo gets upset when he hears about violence, and when he is angry and directing he thinks, "lets hit the villain with more bullets, lets beat him up just a little bit more."
Woo considers himself to be an artist, as he does once in a while get emotional while filming one of his movies. This goes to show that he relates his movies well to real life, and has an understanding of what it takes to become a great director.
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