The return of Hong Kong action films

Danny Lee and Chow Yun-Fat in John Woo's 1989 classic "The Killer"

Danny Lee and Chow Yun-Fat in John Woo's 1989 classic "The Killer"

In the mid-90s, the Hong Kong film industry ate itself alive. In 1993, it had produced a record 238 films and its doyen director, John Woo, was about to dive, twin guns aflame, through Hollywood’s doors. Six years later, production had crashed to just 40 films a year and not even the local triad gangs could prevent their own films from being pirated: there were bootlegs VCDs on sale everywhere of Casino, a gangster pic about and financed by the notorious Macau hoodlum, “Broken Tooth” Koi. Read the full story at The Guardian. – Thanks to DiP for the tip!

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