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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! It’s about time we feature John Woo. I’m sorry this pic from Hard Boiled doesn’t have any flying doves in it, but it does have John Woo holding a gun on one of his actors, so there’s that. I was in my teens when I finally started taking in John Woo’s Hong Kong craziness. The Killer and Hard Boiled were watched back to back if my hazy memory is accurate and I loved them both. Both movies represented a radically different kind of filmmaking than I was used to. While The Killer is fantastic, Hard Boiled won out if only for the insanity of the hospital scene. Chow Yun-Fat is great in these movies… He has a Han Solo cocksure ease in these early films that just makes you want to watch the dude all day long. Here’s the pic, featuring John Woo himself! Click for the bigger version! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is ALREADY HERE!!! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride

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  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Pretty Legit

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Goddamn, I miss old school Woo.

    by djangoilbastardo

    American filmmakers can try to mimic the action, but never the soul.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Hard Boiled is one of the best!

    by andrew coleman

    That is all.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Got to see those two movies years back in Seattle with Mr. Woo in attendance. Got some sweet autographs and pix taken with him.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Yeah Woo

    by alan_poon


  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    So is tomorrow's pic...

    by Booster Gold Lives

    ...from the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" or one of the many many remakes?

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen either of those

    by ltgalloway

    John Woo hasn't been on my radar. I think it's time to change that.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Could use a caption

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    something like... "You will do the scene my way or i`ll fucking shoot you"

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Hard Boiled one of the greatest action movies. Ever

    by CharyouTree

    No one films a shotgun blast like Woo.<p> Also watched Fire Of Concience last night, it's ok, not as good as I thought it'd be.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    that is tony cheung standing next to john woo

    by AdzonVonMelk

    ...i think, he is the leading actor in in the mood for love...

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST



  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    by Tacom

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Its been what, 20 years?, and Hard Boiled's

    by skimn

    hospital scene has yet to be topped for sustained action and carnage. Children of Men comes close though.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    First Choppah?

    by shiekybaby

    Dude, I can understand a douche first post coming in second or third, but your douche post is like isnt even close. You are such a fucking douche.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The shootout down the hospital hallway

    by Tacom

    where Chow YunFat and Tony Leung shoot their way down one hall get on an elevator then get off and shoot their way down another is the BEST TRACKING SHOT EVER!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Tony Leung

    by lixlix

    Ah yes, Tony Leung in the library scene of Hard Boiled. You can even see the cutout in the book on the table where the gun was hidden.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Imma let you finish, but HARD-BOILED is one of the greatest acti


    OF ALL TIME!!! I was there - Sundance midnight screening at the Egyptian in 1993. One of the most incredible movie-going experiences of my life. A couple hundred brains exploded in astonished, euphoric unison at what they saw but could not have imagined. It was absolutely exhilarating. Love that movie. LOVE IT. Tequila forever!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds tomorrow?

    by Phimseto

    Maybe. Love today's pic. Seeing Hard-Boiled for the first time was a heck of an experience. Hadn't really seen anything like it before.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    I'm in the "John Woo Sucks Ass" camp.

    by Fah-Cue

    Way overrated. And yes: his earlier stuff is way overrated.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    John Whooo cares?

    by RPLocke

    He ruined the Mission Impossible franchise.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Twister tomorrow?

    by TheBestAround

    I recall really enjoying Twister in the theatre.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    A Better Tomorrow 2

    by Autodidact

    A Better Tomorrow 2 has the single cheesiest extended "recovering from trauma" sequence/montage I've ever seen.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Scorchy, Fah-Cue

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    I am deeply humbled in the presence of men like you who have a deeper understanding of film than, say, Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino (longtime John Woo fans). Yeah, I'm sure the guy sucks:))

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Besides, I played a supporting role in Face/Off

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    Yeah, that WAS his real hair:)

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    How about a Flash Gordon 1980 pic?

    by RPLocke

    That's more classic than Princess Bleh Bride.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    hehe i knew what the BTS movie was going to be from that iconic line.John Woo and Fatt are GODS of the action genre.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    A Flash Gordon pic only if it features Ornella Muti

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    in her stunning Princess Aura-outfit. Definitely the highlight of the film!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Nic_Cages_Real_Hair Agreed

    by RPLocke

    The scene where she cat fights Melody Anderson was truly a great moment in film cinema history.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Hard Boiled was Die Hard,

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    John Woo style!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Ah, that's a beautiful pic

    by palimpsest

    And Woo is the greatest action director on the planet. Just don't judge him by his compromised American pix.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Face/Off was as close to an auteur film

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    as mainstream American cinema gets. He had to make Hard Target and Broken Arrow to get there...:((

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I fucking love Ornella Muti

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    That is all.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    judge dredds fresh undies

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    Then you should definetily check out "The Last Woman". Thank me later:))

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Hard Target Director's Cut

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Not the greatest thing since POP TARTS But hey....It works.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Director's cut of Hard Target

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    has the grossest Ear-cutting scene this side of "Reservoir Dogs"

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    by th3480

    tomorrow's pic???

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    by th3480

    tomorrow's pic???

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    another behind the scenes pic


    I can print out and wipe my ass with. thanks.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Great pic!

    by Cinemanimetal

    I too discovered The Killer and Hard Boiled in my teens pretty much back to back. I prefer The Killer, but really they are both great films. Completely changed my way of looking at movies. They were really the gateway for me in getting into the behind the scenes aspects of movies. They helped me understand the power of a director and seek out films based on directors. Also it started my obsession with Chow Yun-Fat and watching any film of his I could get my hand on. I pretty much DID watch him all day.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Without the AICN talkbacks, I never would have rented

    by CreasyBear

    Hard Boiled, and that would've been a shame. Fun movie.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Van Damme at least had the brains to

    by skimn

    bring John Woo, Ringo Lam and Hark Tsui to Hollywood. Yes, they made cheese..but...

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Cue the doves...

    by exyle

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Stranglehold was the first game I got for the 360!

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    Go Woo!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Quint for the win

    by HansBubi

    Yes yes yes.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by bigbadbua

    I prefer A Better Tomorrow, but this one is great as well. The Hospital scene is crazy.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    Nice Deadwood ref but what the hell do you need ball bearings for?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I don't know...I realize it's probably just me...

    by tritium

    but somehow, I just don't feel like John Woo deserves to be on the same "Behind the Scene List" that includes the likes of Kubrick, Hitchcock, Scorcese, Spielberg, David Lean, Sergio Leone, Cameron, Friedkin, Howard Hawks, Ridley Scott, etc, etc...<p> Maybe it is because you have already set the bar too high with so many incredible film-makers/directors...but I personally think, (in my humblest of opinions) do not think John Woo is on the same caliber, nor deserving to be featured in the company of such an august ensemble.<p>Puts flame suit on....

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Leone is probably the closest parallel

    by paulloch

    He took an average TV actor, and made him an international star. He created a genre the gun-fu movies. Pre-avid and pre-final cut, his editing just about blew everyone out of the water, now it's so easy to do Woo stuff with digital editing, The problem is he came to America and made subpar junk like MI2, Windtalkers and It takes a thief, while Leone came here and made the Once Upon a time series.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 4:02 a.m. CST

    its and it's

    by Anything But Tangerines

    it's - a contraction of "it is", akin to "what's" and "that's"... its - indicates possession akin to "his" "ours"... you wouldn't type "hi's" so why would you type "it's"? And why the fuck would you type the possessive form correctly and then incorrectly in the same sentence? My guess? Volume. It's forgiven.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    the woo

    by scrote come none of his pigeons or doves get any credit in his movies?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Woo compared to the rest of the crop

    by Vincent Gecko

    People should realize that the flick biz out in HK is totally different than it is out here. They typically shoot way faster and way cheaper. Heck, 30 years ago they weren't shooting audio and video in sync (that's why older flicks don't sync in either Cantonese or Mandarin) No one's ever seen what a low budget Spielberg feature film looks like. (Arguably made for tv Duel?) Also Woo's style, more so than any of those other directors has been bitten off so frequently in modern cinema you don't even know it when you see it anymore. It's the ubiquitous, highly choreographed, lightning edited gunplay you see in everything from the Matrix to every DTV action flick that comes out these days. He's also had the bad luck to have to play ball in Hollywood to be able to do his own thing. There would be no question of his stature if he kept making movies in HK. See Red Cliff. His action's so good his dramatic direction get's downplayed (A Better Tomorrow, Bullet in the Head) At the time, there were usually SEPARATE action directors for HK action movies. Seeing early Woo before everyone else caught on was a thing of beauty. The visceral ballet of bloodshed was like a slap in the face. Nothing else came remotely close at the time. Now we have John Woo style action parodies and barely anyone even notices who the Star Wars is to Bad Boys 2 and Shoot Em Up's Space Balls.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I want it on the record...

    by rabidfnark

    that I liked Hard Target. Greatest film ever made? No. Hah! But I was very entertained. Plus, Wilford Brimley as a bad ass, moonshine drinkin' hillbilly (who mentions neither oatmeal nor Diabetes), c'mon...what more do you want? And then there's the added benefit of being introduced John Woo as a director and finding his earlier works. Everybody won with this one (everybody in that statement being, least me).

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  • Sept. 13, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Best. Action. Movie. Ever.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nuff said

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    There's no '80's HK cinema without Ozploitation!

    by Sherlock Holmes II

    After they saw how The Man from Hong Kong turned out, they suddenly changed their style of filmmaking into a quasi East-meets-West approach. It took 'em a while to adapt, but it also might explain why there was never a Man from Hong Kong 2. What was stopping them from wanting to make another? They were happier just to imitate it. Watch any Brian Trenchard-Smith movie, especially the shorts like Hospitals Don't Burn Down(see it on the 2-disc Man from Hong Kong R4 DVD), and you'd swear it was a John Woo piece. All Woosy added was some slo-mo, but it obviously makes a difference!