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DOVES AND GUNS: THE FILMS OF JOHN WOO

February at the Trylon

Director John Woo shaped Hong Kong cinema and helped redefine the international blockbuster. He exhibits a pile-driving energy and has a knack for finding actors who can match it. His movies have never been about making sense but are instead kinetic odes to friendship and violence.

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Starts Sun, February 2

THE KILLER

(1989, 35mm, 104m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh. In Woo’s tribute to Martin Scorsese and Jean-Pierre Melville, hitman Ah-Jong (Yun-Fat) accidentally blinds a singer in a shootout. He accepts one last job in order to get money to restore her sight, and maybe save his own soul. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Sun, February 9

HARD TARGET

(1993, 35mm, 97m) w/Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler. In Woo’s U.S. debut, hardened criminals lead a group of rich people on a hunt for the homeless in New Orleans—without reckoning on the Muscles from Brussels! Cameras had to be shielded with bulletproof Plexiglas so that Van Damme could blast ammo directly at the audience. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00

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Starts Sun, February 16

FACE/OFF

(1997, DCP, 138m) w/Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Gina Gershon. Travolta and Cage play off each other (as each other) in this boldly literal film about identity swapping. Brimming with doves, speedboats, and carnage, Face/Off changed the game for action films that followed in its wake. SUN 6:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:45

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Starts Sun, February 23

HARD BOILED

(1992, 35mm, 128m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) w/Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung, Teresa Mo. Inspector Tequila Yuen (Yun-Fat) must partner with an undercover agent to take down the Hong Kong mob’s gun-smuggling ring. Hard Boiled is gritty, excessive, and boasts one of the great single-take action scenes ever filmed. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00

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Starts Mon, February 24

A BETTER TOMORROW

(1986, DCP, 95m, Cantonese w/English subtitles) w/Chow Yun-Fat, Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung. A story of devoted brothers on opposite sides of the law, Woo’s breakout film started the “heroic bloodshed” genre—and inspired young men in Hong Kong to wear dusters. MON/TUES 9:30

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