In anticipation of the upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, fans and bloggers point their attention to the earlier films in the series and the collaborators Tom Cruise worked with in making them. As such, the writers from Japan Cinema noticed the work of action auteur John Woo on Mission Impossible II, naming it to the upper tier in a list of the director’s top 10 films!
The writers at Japan Cinema recognized the same breath-taking elements in the collaboration between Tom and John Woo in the second installment of the Mission Impossible series: non-stop action from the opening sequence to the finale. We thought as much in our round-up of Tom’s top 10 action scenes we collated a few weeks back. The combination of the Tom’s irrepressible talent and Woo’s flair for an nail-biting sequence comes to full-throttled fruition with an iconic motorcycle chase.
In case you missed it, we’ve included it below:
Woo is considered a master of the genre since his emergence from the frenetic Hong Kong action scene of the late 1970s through early 1990s. During his tenure as the master of Asian cinema, he directed movies that redefined audience expectations for non-stop action. These classics include The Killer and Hard Boiled, both of which starred Chow Yun-Fat (star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) launching actor and director both to international stardom.
As such, both titles make the list from Japan Cinema, along with several of Woo’s films like Face/Off and Broken Arrow, made when he hit American shores with a splash in the early 1990s. You’ll need to check the post to figure out where they wind up ;).
However, for Tom Cruise fans, there’s the most important film from Woo’s oeuvre. You can see the trailer for Mission Impossible 2 below:
Missing out on the action brought to you courtesy of Tom’s classic character Ethan Hunt? There’s really only one way to recapture the excitement, by firing up a DVD or Blu Ray! You can always pick up a copy for yourself. Check out the details below:
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