This paper intends to examine how masculinity has been presented in the films of John Woo. We will examine his vision using two of his action films: The Killer, a Hong Kong film, and Broken Arrow, a Hollywood film. In these two films, Woo provides an interesting representation of masculinity.
His films celebrate a vision of masculinity that combines intimacy and action (work), physical strength and emotion, and heroism and villainy. We will compare and contrast Woo's use of masculinity in the two action films by analyzing how the vision of masculinity is presented differently in
The Killer and Broken Arrow.
Hanyang University 2:
University of Seoul
Publication date: September 1, 2005
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Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.