How John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow launched action-film era in Hong Kong, and the wuxia and kung fu roots of hits like The Killer and City on Fire

//How John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow launched action-film era in Hong Kong, and the wuxia and kung fu roots of hits like The Killer and City on Fire

How John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow launched action-film era in Hong Kong, and the wuxia and kung fu roots of hits like The Killer and City on Fire

Modern-day Hong Kong action films such as The Killer and City on Fire didn’t spring out of nowhere – they were directly connected to the city’s long line of wuxia and kung fu films.When John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow hit big in 1986, filmmakers switched their focus from the declining martial arts genres to modern-day action, but kept much of the fight choreography and the themes intact.The action was often like swordplay with guns, while the male bonding and brotherhood made famous by martial…

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