Face/Off at 20: revisiting the film

82 days ago | Den of Geek

Paul Martinovic Jul 28, 2017

John Travolta and Nicolas Cage scored a big hit in John Woo's Face/Off. We take a look back...

One of the great pleasures of following genre cinema is the long, enduring onscreen conversation that’s taken place between movie directors from the East and the West, a creative push and pull which has resulted in some of the most boundary-pushing, inventive and important films ever made. When Akira Kurosawa wrote The Hidden Fortress, an airy homage to the John Ford Westerns he loved so much, he can’t have predicted its rollicking adventuring would be re-interpreted and sent into space by George Lucas to form the basis of the most successful film franchise in history in Star Wars: A New Hope. Similarly, when Ringo Lam took the tropes of 70’s Eurocrime and American gangster movies of the 30s and 40s, and upped the machismo and


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Movies & TV

The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
American gangster (2007)
City On Fire (1987)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Rick And Morty (2013)
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
The Killer (1989)
Hard Boiled (1992)
Hard Target (1993)
Broken Arrow (1996)
On top (1982)
Freaky Friday (2003)
The Rock (1996)
Con Air (1997)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Get Shorty (1995)
The Wicker Man (2006)
Robocop (1987)
Batman Begins (2005)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Battlefield Earth (2000)

People

John Travolta
Nicolas Cage
John Woo
Akira Kurosawa
John Ford
George Lucas
Ringo Lam
Quentin Tarantino
Jean Claude Van Damme
Sean Archer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Michael Bay
Paul Verhoeven
Antony Hopkins
Jim Carrey