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Brian Offenther

Brian Offenther is a Shanghai-based writer on music scenes in the city. He can be reached at BrianOffenther@yahoo.com.

Woo's heroic bloodshed classic

ALTHOUGH on the surface it might give the impression of a standard gangster action film, "A Better Tomorrow" (1986) is imbued with the subtle - and blunt - voice of the "heroic bloodshed" style of influential director/screenwriter John Woo.

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Latest incarnation of Johnny Rotten

RIGHT on par with "Never was so much owed by so many to so few," Johnny Rotten stood on stage in San Francisco on January 14, 1978, and declared what would be the opening words and manifesto to Public Image Ltd.