John Woo  

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John Woo Yu-Sen (born May 1, 1946) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Chinese film director and producer. Woo is widely known for his stylised movies which are renowned for their balletic action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and use of slow-motion.

He got his slow motion inspiration from The Wild Bunch, as Woo loved watching Westerns during his youth (Another western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is among his favorites). It should be noted however that Peckinpah's use of slow motion death scenes was influenced by the Japanese films of Akira Kurosawa (see Seven Samurai).

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