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Twin-gun action master John Woo shares his personal top 10 tunes

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Empire’s none-more-300th issue gets several louder with John Woo, the Baron of the Bullet Ballet, sharing his favourite ten tunes. We asked the director of Hard Boiled, Mission: Impossible II, Better Tomorrow to tell us what it really sounds like when doves cry. The answer, it turns out, is Cliff Richard’s ‘The Young Ones’. Yes, prepare yourself for Ear/Off.

"My current gilm The Crossing is about love, peace, living, courage and romance, and it is the culminationof all the songs I’ve listed here. There are lots of songs that I really like, including many popular and old ones which keep popping up in my head all the time. They’ve provided me with a lot of inspiration. I think you can see now why I wanted to shoot a love story..."

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1. OVER THE RAINBOW

(Harold Arlen & E. Y. Harburg/Judy Garland, 1939)

"When I was young my life was very difficult — almost like a living hell. But when I heard Judy Garland sing this in The Wizard Of Oz, I suddenly felt as if I was on the other side of the rainbow, in heaven, in a place full of hope. When I used it in Face/Off, it was to say thanks for showing me that the world is still full of beauty."

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