Woo’s Inheritors: <i>The Killer</i> as Influence

Kenneth E. Hall

in John Woo’s The Killer

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207097 | DOI:
Woo’s Inheritors: The Killer as Influence

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The Killer and other Hong Kong films directed by John Woo are frequently cited as important inspirations for certain filmmakers from the West. Quentin Tarantino heads this list, but among those influenced by Woo, Robert Rodriguez, Tony Scott, and Jim Jarmusch are sometimes mentioned. Much of the borrowing from Woo is superficial—two-handed gunning, doves flying—but in some cases, true homages are made, with Woo becoming a model much as Melville was for Woo himself. The question of influence becomes particularly vexed when considering work by more recent Hong Kong or Korean directors, including Kang Je-gyu and Park Chan-wook, arguably influenced by Woo, who may also react to films by Woo epigones like Tarantino Closer to home, Woo's film inspired some easy imitation, but it also seeded intriguing new growth in the form of several films by Johnnie To.

Keywords: Quentin Tarantino; contract killer; John Woo; Hong Kong films; Jean-Pierre Melville; Johnnie To; Kang Je-gyu

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Subjects: Film

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