John Woo: from Hong Kong to Hollywood, The Killer and Face/Off
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Title: John Woo: from Hong Kong to Hollywood, The Killer and Face/Off

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Subject: Music and Movies
Author: Marilyn S
Date: April 8, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 3 / 859

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While characterized by violence, Woo's films define masculinity within a changing world. He does not set out to make violent films, defending A Better Tomorrow by saying "It's not a gangster movie. It's a film about chivalry, about honor, but set in the modern world. I want to teach the new generation: ?What is friendship? What is brotherhood? What have we lost? What we have to get back.'" (Logan 1995: 116), a statement that can be applied to both The Killer (1989) and Face/Off (1997). In The Killer, Jeff and Stanley are nostalgic about the past, saying how things have changed. Loss is a literal theme in both movies, as Jeff tries to regain Sally's sight and in Face/Off Archer has lost his son and seeks to regain a sense of identity and purpose, and ultimately a son...

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