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December 13, 2011

Kenneth Hall's John Woo: The Films

As promised in the Projection Booth episode on The Killer, Professor Kenneth E. Hall's book on John Woo has been released in a second edition via McFaland Publications.

John Woo
The Films, 2d ed.
Kenneth E. Hall
Foreword by Tony Williams
228 pages $45 softcover (7 × 10)
Filmography, notes, bibliography, index
ISBN 978-0-7864-4040-5
Ebook ISBN 978-0-7864-8829-2 2012

"Shows how Woo’s work demonstrates Asian and Western traditions" — Booklist/RBB

"the first book-length study on the director based upon detailed research as well as personal interviews with Woo himself ...highly informative with excellent footnotes...essential reading" — Film Quarterly;

"Hall takes us on an inside tour" — VideoScope;

"those seeking to learn more about the gifted filmmaker should read Kenneth E. Hall’s John Woo: The Films, the first serious study on his body of work" — South Dade News Leader;

"the first serious study on [Woo]...Woo’s cross-cultural embrace of both Asian and American heroes gives his cinematic works a global influence and appeal" — Burlington County Times.

The first edition of John Woo: The Films (McFarland, 1999) was the earliest English-language volume to address the motion picture output of the celebrated Hong Kong director. The book dealt with Woo’s film career from his professional beginnings in 1968 through his first three Hollywood releases (Hard Target, Broken Arrow and Face/Off), situating his work within Asian and Western cinematic and cultural traditions. This second edition offers a wealth of additional information, including treatment of John Woo’s Hollywood productions Mission: Impossible II, Windtalkers and Paycheck. Also featured is material on Woo’s epic Red Cliff, filmed in China. A new foreword is provided by Tony Williams, author of John Woo’s Bullet in the Head.

Kenneth E. Hall has written several books, including a study of John Woo’s The Killer, authored many articles on Latin American literature, and is a contributor to Studies in the Western. A professor of Spanish at East Tennessee State University, he lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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