Congratulations to John Woo, who will receive the Golden Lion at next year's Venice Film Festival. I remember interviewing Woo for his first English language movie, Hard Target. I was a fan, of course, having already seen the majority of his Hong Kong output. I don't think he and Hollywood ever quite gelled, though, as much as I enjoyed parts of Broken Arrow, M:I:2 and Face/Off. I've yet to see Red Cliff, which marked his return to his roots. My favourite Woo? The Killer.