John Woo

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John Woo Yu-sen (Chinese: 吳宇森; born 22 September 1946) is a Hong Kong film director known as a highly influential figure in the action film genre. He is a pioneer of heroic bloodshed films and the gun fu genre in Hong Kong action cinema, before working in Hollywood films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Woo has received more than 3,558,127 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). John Woo is the 120th most popular film director (up from 129th in 2019), the 197th most popular biography from China (up from 199th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chinese Film Director.

John Woo is most famous for his Hong Kong action films, such as The Killer and Hard Boiled.

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  • 3.6M

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  • 64.03

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  • 43

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  • 5.11

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.87

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among film directors, John Woo ranks 120 out of 2,041Before him are Manoel de Oliveira, Jules Dassin, Peter Jackson, Jerzy Grotowski, David Lean, and Sergei Bondarchuk. After him are Howard Hawks, Victor Fleming, Jiří Menzel, Wes Craven, Claude Lelouch, and René Clément.

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Among people born in 1946, John Woo ranks 68Before him are Sally Field, Bolo Yeung, Danny Glover, Tansu Çiller, Berti Vogts, and Ilie Năstase. After him are Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Rade Šerbedžija, Michele Placido, Chris Slade, Uri Geller, and Daniel Libeskind.

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In China

Among people born in China, John Woo ranks 197 out of 1,610Before him are Gwanggaeto the Great (374), Jiang Wei (202), Jack Ma (1964), Jie of Xia (-1728), Emperor Gaozong of Song (1107), and Xiahou Dun (155). After him are Külüg Khan (1281), Emperor Zhao of Han (-94), Lin Zexu (1785), Wong Fei-hung (1925), Meng Tian (-250), and Zhang Zuolin (1875).


Among film directors born in China, John Woo ranks 2Before him are Zhang Yimou (1950). After him are Wong Kar-wai (1958), Terence Young (1915), Yuen Woo-ping (1945), Chen Kaige (1952), Edward Yang (1947), Lo Wei (1918), King Hu (1932), Ann Hui (1947), Xie Jin (1923), and James Wong Howe (1899).