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    Film, "Drug War": Sometimes, Being Cool Is Enough

    "Drug War": Sometimes, Being Cool Is Enough

    Drug War Few actors have exuded quite as much cool on the screen as Chow Yun-Fat in John Woo's pre-Hollywood films The Killer and Hard Boiled, but Louis Koo comes damn close in Johnnie To's Drug War. The picture follows…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Red Cliff</i>

    Red Cliff

    After a decade navigating Hollywood, John Woo returned to China to make his latest film, but scale back he did not. The most expensive movie ever produced in the country and also the biggest, Woo's Red Cliff is a third-century…
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    Calendar, Night&Day <i>Red Cliff</i>

    Red Cliff

    After a decade navigating Hollywood, John Woo returned to China to make his latest film, but scale back he did not. The most expensive movie ever produced in the country and also the biggest, Woo's Red Cliff is a third-century…
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    Film, <i> Red Cliff</I>: John Woo's killer instincts are back in action

    Red Cliff: John Woo's killer instincts are back in action

    John Woo spent a decade navigating the big-studio minefield — longer than most foreign auteurs last in Hollywood before throwing in the towel. Beginning in earnest with an above-average Jean-Claude Van Damme programmer (Hard Target), Woo then produced one decent…
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    Home Entertainment, Game On Thinning Crowds

    Thinning Crowds

    To all the gun-toting video-game bad guys out there: Please stop standing next to exploding barrels. Seriously now. Of the hundreds of places you could squat and shoot, you and your henchman pals always camp beside the neon-orange canister with…
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    Film, The Good, the Bad, and the Set Pieces

    The Good, the Bad, and the Set Pieces

    Johnnie To may not be the last man standing, but he is the lone Hong Kong action director who's done his best work in the aftermath of the Crown Colony's reversion to China. In a sense, the feverishly active To…
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    Home Entertainment, DVDish Chow Time Again

    Chow Time Again

    Hard Boiled: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition (Weinstein) The Criterion version of John Woo's masterpiece, about two cops (the overworked Chow Yun-Fat and the undercover Tony Leung) gunning for the Hong Kong Triads, is still the "ultimate" collection. It has a better…
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    Film, Typhoon in a Teacup

    Typhoon in a Teacup

    If John Woo's The Killer had been made by a Korean director lacking talent and a script, you'd have Typhoon. This hasn't stopped the film's publicists from hyping it as "more than another adventure film. It has become an emotional…
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    Film, <i>M:I-2</i> Gets the Job Done

    M:I-2 Gets the Job Done

    Early on in Mission: Impossible 2 (or M:I-2, as the confident Paramount now calls it), hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) complains to his boss about his new assignment: "It's going to be difficult." "It's not mission difficult, Mr. Hunt," the…
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    Chow Down

    The Replacement Killers Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Written by Ken Sanzel. Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker, Kenneth Tsang, and Jurgen Prochnow. Opens Friday, Feb. 6, at area theaters. John Woo has generated plenty of American disciples in the…
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    'Faced

    Face/Off Directed by John Woo. Screenplay by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary. Starring John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Nick Cassavetes, Alessandro Nivola, and Gina Gershon. At area theaters. The title of John Woo's Face/Off is meant to be taken…
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    From Hong Kong to Hollywood

    It's late in the day on June 9, and I'm about to talk to John Woo about Face/Off, his new action film with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. We are meeting at a sound facility in Los Angeles, where the…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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