Hardboiled: A John Woo Website | EW.com

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Prepare to be wooed, and won over, by this clear, careful, and complete HQ for aficionados of Hong Kong-cum-Hollywood director John Woo (MI:2). The English-language endeavor of Berlin Web editor Volker Briegleb, Hardboiled (www.hardboiled.de) is not just for eggheads. Though it does delve into such thematic and stylistic issues as the ”Heroic Bloodshed” genre that Woo helped establish, it also serves up little-known info: Woo’s original Chinese name is Ng Yu-Sum, his family lived on the streets of Hong Kong after a fire in 1953, and musicals are among his artistic influences (”Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singing in the Rain are my favourites”). Also on hand are stills and poster images, a bib- liography of books and film-journal articles, and links to additional Woo sites. Woo-hoo! A