BULLET IN THE HEAD
DIP HUET GAI TAU
1990, 120 min, Hong Kong, Dir: John Woo

Hailed by many as Woo’s finest and most personal film, BULLET is a thrillingly beautiful and searingly cathartic drama of three friends (Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung and Waise Lee) in 1967 Hong Kong, who are forced to flee after becoming unintentionally embroiled in a gang vendetta. Woo unflinchingly charts their harrowing escape into the fire of the Vietnam inferno, as the trio become targets for black marketeers as well as Viet Cong, and run a gauntlet that will tear apart their friendship in the process.


HARD TARGET
1993, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: John Woo

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is Chance Boudreaux, a down-on-his luck merchant sailor hired to help a young lawyer searching for her missing father. When a citywide police strike sends New Orleans into chaos, two former mercenaries (Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo) organize a deadly safari game, and Chance must use his high-powered martial arts skills to battle a sadistic band of hunters preying on homeless veterans.


THE KILLER
DIP HUET SEUNG HUNG
1989, 110 min, Hong Kong, Dir: John Woo

The film that put John Woo on the international map, and almost single-handedly redefined the style, pace (and body count) of the modern gangster film. Sensitive, honorable hitman Chow Yun-Fat accidentally blinds singer Sally Yeh in a nightclub shootout, then falls in love with her. Rule-breaking cop Danny Lee, hot on Chow's trail, forms an uneasy alliance with the killer when gonzo gang boss Fui-On Shing goes ballistic, trying to take them all out in an escalating series of gloriously operatic gun battles, punctuated by white doves, swirling pop music and Chow’s impossibly cool demeanor.


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