John Woo's Road to Fame
"I'm not a master; I'm just a hard-working filmmaker. I would like everyone to see me as a friend rather than a master."
We see him as a master, but he only thinks of himself as a hard-working filmmaker. We see him as an inspiration to all action movies while he thinks of himself as a simple human being. We are all different in our very own ways and as for John Woo, his sense of action sequences and camera work extinguishes him from the rest of the world. He might have been poor growing up, but his love for films never died ever since he had stepped into a theatre.
His passions for movies started back in his childhood, the days when his family was poor and had to be supported by churches and various charities. Even in those desperate times, John Woo's mother would still take him to the western theatre daily, where he first saw the magic of the moving picture.
He studied each and every film carefully, inspecting every little aspect, the good parts and the bad parts. As a teenage, he still didn't have any money to do any in-depth hand on work with films, but eventually, he would get his hands on some borrowed film equipment - and that was when he first experimented with cameras and films with his very own hands.
"I was fascinated by the musicals, I think they influenced me the most. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singing in the Rain are my favourites."
"When I was 11, even though we were poor, my mother was a fan of movies from the west. She used to bring me to the theatre. At that time, a...