| "John Woo: Interviews" is the first authoritative English-language chronicle of Woo’s career. |
The volume includes a new 36-page interview with Woo by editor Robert K. Elder which documents the years 1968 to 1990, from Woo’s early career in working on comedies and kung fu films (in which he gave Jackie Chan one of his first major movie roles), to his gun-powder morality plays in Hong Kong.
Also included are interviews translated from Cantonese from Hong Kong Film Archive, and commentary track excerpts from the Criterion Collection’s long out-of-print versions of The Killer and Hard Boiled. In other interviews, Woo opens up for the first time about his family and his relationships with producer/director Tsui Hark and mentor Chang Cheh.
"John Woo: Interviews" tracks his life from the streets of Hong Kong, where he lived homeless for nearly two years with his family, to his ambitious start with the Shaw Brothers studio and struggle to maintain artistic vitality among various betrayals, failures and finally, international success.
"John Woo: Interviews" provides an intimate portrait of one of the world’s most influencial directors.
The book is part of the University Press of Mississippi's "Conversations with Directors" series.