After his first three American-made films - Hard Target (1993), Broken Arrow (1996), and Face/Off (1997) -- fans of director John Woo were largely disappointed. Face/Off had its supporters, but in general, nothing on Woo's American resume came anywhere close to his best work in Hong Kong, such as The Killer (1989) and Hard-Boiled (1992). But then came Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), a stunning action vehicle of near operatic intensity. At last, Woo had rediscovered his niche.
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