john woo presents stranglehold

I'm not much of a gamer, but one video game I've been looking forward to for a long time has been Stranglehold. We've been hearing about it for years, and it's finally out this week from Midway Games for Xbox 360. The game is pseudo-sequel to John Woo's Hong Kong action classic Hard Boiled, continuing the story of maverick cop Inspector Tequila, played by Chow Yun-Fat. Like I said, I'm not even much of a video game guy, but this looks pretty damn awesome. It'll be also be available later this month for PC and PlayStation 3. The PS3 collector's edition will feature the game and a full-length version of Hard Boiled. So you can actually watch the movie, then get into the action yourself, I guess.

In honor of the Stranglehold's release, Midway recently ran the True to John Woo short film contest, where filmmakers produced their own short film tribute to John Woo's trademark action. The winner, chosen by John Woo himself, was Return by Charles Yi. Very nicely done. Recognized a few faces in there as well. View it here.

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