Film Reviews

Hong Kong and Vine

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That's why I suggested Face/Off focus more on the human stuff: That just matched how I felt. Like the year I made Bullet in the Head, it was just after the Tiananmen Square massacre. And the year I made A Better Tomorrow, I was just so down at the time: I had failed for three years before that movie. So I wanted to do a movie about man's real dignity and honor.

NT: How does Face/Off reflect your mood?
JW: Face/Off mainly was about family--where a man sees his family almost falling apart and he fights to get them back. It was almost exactly how I felt at this time. Because, before I came here [United States], about five years ago, I was working like crazy; me and my family had been separated a long time, and I had a lot of family problems. My children hardly saw me every day, so they were beginning to hate me. I was getting nervous, because my family is my whole thing. That was one of the reasons I wanted to move here. After I moved here, things were back to normal, because people don't work on the weekends, and we live pretty far from the city, and after work I could have a lot more time to spend with my family. So we got to talk more and . . . have a reunion. We can get together again. We're a lot more happy than in Hong Kong. That makes me feel so great.

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