Doves and Guns: The Films of John Woo

Every Mon., Tue., and Sun. from Feb. 2-25
7 p.m.
Feb. 16
6:30 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 3-4
9:15 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 10-11
9 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 17-18
9:45 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 24-25
9:30 p.m.
Festivals, Film

John Woo’s enormously influential action films are revered for an escalating intensity and gunfights that play out with balletic grace. Demonstrating the filmmaker’s signature style with five of his most memorable works, the Trylon Cinema is presenting Doves and Guns: The Films of John Woo. The series begins with The Killer (1989), the Hong Kong thriller that brought Woo international acclaim via the story of a principled assassin (played by Woo’s frequent star, Chow Yun-Fat) seeking redemption while being pursued by gangsters and one particularly obsessive police detective. Woo’s U.S. debut, Hard Target (1993), presents Jean-Claude Van Damme as a Cajun seaman who runs afoul of a demented organization that makes sport out of hunting the homeless. Even more brazenly outlandish is Face/Off (1997), wherein Nicholas Cage’s cop and John Travolta’s criminal swap identities in an effort to lethally thwart the other. The series concludes back in Hong Kong, with two movies that straddle both sides of the law, Hard Boiled (1992) and A Better Tomorrow (1986), both featuring iconic Chow Yun-Fat performances, as a ruthless police officer in the former and as a tormented Triad mobster in the latter. Showtimes vary slightly each week; visit for the complete schedule.