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John Wick 3 (2019)

Speaker 1: 00:00 John Wayne texts in effect in three two one. NowSpeaker 2: 00:08 it's finally time for John Wick chapter threeSpeaker 1: 00:11 and away we go.Speaker 2: 00:14 Hudson, the Indonesian film the rate have I felt so exhausted and exhilarated by an action film. John Wick chapter three raises the bar on fight choreography by adding dogs horses, Katana wielding motorcyclists and more with played by Keanu Reeves continues to face the consequences for his violent rampage over the death of his puppy. Wasn't just a puppy. Welcome back to another edition of listener supported KPBS cinema junkie podcast. I'm Beth Hakka, Mondo. Today I'm going to review the latest chapter in the John Wick Saga and play my interview with director chats to Helsinki. At the end of chapter two we found John Wick, the Hitman who had come out of retirement to avenge the death of his puppy had broken one of the key rules of the continental hotel, which caters to assassins and has now been deemed excommunicate Kado with an ever increasing bounty on his head. WIC is on the run and facing a constant barrage of assassins that he must fight off here. He tries to get help from the director play by Angelica Houston. Even if I wanted to. I can't help you jot down by table once your life. How can you fight the wind? How can you smash them out? It's how can you bury the ocean? How can you escape from the light? Of course you can go to the dark there in the dark too.Speaker 1: 01:40 Okay,Speaker 2: 01:40 so tell me, John died. Well, do you really want, that was a scene from John Wick three. I'll be right back with more action after this short break. Stunt man turned director chats to healthy delivers one of the most gorgeously shot and choreographed action films ever as the elevates wicks saga to ridiculously epic proportions in the electronic press kit for the film. Keanu Reeves had this to say about stuff. Hell scape.Speaker 3: 02:10 Yeah. Working with Chad is really fun. I mean, he's a great collaborator. We both kind of share the same taste, you know, in terms of action and um, and cinema. And we can talk about story and storytelling and characters and there's a short hand and, and also an inventiveness. And in chapter three, Para Bellum, there's a lot more knife work and a lot more group work. And chapter two is, you know, in the fighting it was groups, but it was always one on one. In Para bellum part of the way that we've expanded is it's multiple people, more multiple people at. And that's another kind of expression of the, of the action. And also John is kind of gets overwhelmed in chapter three. He's not heroic all the time. Right. You know, he gets beat up and that's another kind of skill, you know, take the reactions, you know, um, it's one thing to hit somebody, it's another thing to get hit, you know, and that's a different part of the day.Speaker 2: 03:12 [inaudible] in the dance. It is. It's a breathtaking ballet of violence. I know some may be offended by the excess violence of the John Wick films and I get that, but these films feel distinctly removed from the real world and are more like a stump man's tribute to what the best of his craft can offer. I feel like seeing one of the John Wick films is more likely to inspire someone to want to become a stunt man or to take up martial arts than it is to inspire them to become a lethal assassin. These films are really at heart about the art and craft of screen stunts and action is to help. These films are as much descendants of Sam Peckinpah, John Wu and Asian action cinema as they are of silent clowns. Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd in chapter two the film started with the image of a silent film car chase projected on the side of a building just as John Wick's car rolls into frame.Speaker 2: 04:08 In chapter three the huge image of buster Keaton's face is seen projected on a building right before the action begins. Both of these things are still hell skis. Reminder, that stunts really began with the silent comedians like Keaton and Lloyd who risked life and limb to deliver spectacular stunts all for the sake of a good laugh. It's to healthy honors those geniuses as well as the likes of Hong Kong action choreographer une Wo Ping with whom he worked on the Matrix and it's from une Wo Ping and Hong Kong action cinema that he learned two key points. One action begins in the script writing phase and to anything in a scene can become an active prop or weapon,Speaker 4: 04:53 cars, guns, just basic stuff. You got to know how to make an omelet rightSpeaker 2: 05:05 stay healthy and fellow stunt man David Leitch formed 87 11 with they called an action design company. They were inspired in part by the way Hong Kong stunt teams worked and that meant involving writers, cinematographers, editors, stuntman and cast members all from square one in terms of planning, rehearsing and executing scenes involving action and that's why Steve [inaudible] wick films have action like no other American film. Stay healthy has a complete understanding of the dynamics of screen action, so his films incorporate not just a jaw dropping sense of innovation in terms of the action, but also work to create a visual style but compliments the action and is aesthetically pleasing. This also means working closely with the star Keanu Reeves and not just creating the character of John Wick, but in creating the action that the star can credibly execute. Sta Health Scan raves are both very clear in pointing out that while Reeves trains with impressive ferocity, what he does is action and stunt doubles are the ones doing the stunts, the to draw a clear line between stunts and action in order to make sure that those hardworking stunt people get the credit they deserve to healthy said this in the press kit.Speaker 2: 06:20 It's a level of commitment that is not normal. You'll hear it said a lot. I do my own stones that no one does. Her own stunts. Stunts are done by stuntman if they weren't done by stem in a witness. Done actors do action and the level of action choreography. We've just tried to equalize so that the action or the level of action to the level of core, if we try to do, does not exceed the capabilities of the talent that we're using. We choreograph do cownose absolute extreme talent level like he's performing at his optimal ability. If he goes beyond that, if we need a rec center like that, it becomes a stunt and we will use a stunt double. But when you see John Wick doing all the massive fight choreography and the longer takes on the motorcycle on the Horse, that's actually counter is because of that is is accountability.Speaker 2: 06:57 We pushed him to his limits and he operates or performance at his limit. John Wick chapter three delivers some action set pieces that are simply intoxicatingly, well executed. The speed of the action leaves you breathless and I emphasize it's the speed of the action itself, not the cutting or any frenetic camera work like the silent clowns and Asian action films to healthy often uses long wide takes to allow us to appreciate the action and the fact that it's often Reeves executing the moves, fast cuts or what films do to hide bad action or just show that they have no understanding of how to depict it on screen, but it's to hell. Ski Is blessed with an actor who's not only down to train for the role, but to come up with ideas to take the character even further. I don't understand this character more deeply than anyone.Speaker 2: 07:47 Um, I love the world and I love the character and I love crea collaborating back and forth. Also Kiano creatively is, is fairly fearless. You know, there's no too much, too little, too soon, too late kind of mentality. It's like how can we make this as fun as possible for the audience to healthy does a fine job casting mark to Costco's as one of the assassins hunting with down here he looks to enact or who may be a bit forgotten, but who has stellar action credits to his name, including being TVs, the Cro and starring in the French film, the Brotherhood of the wolf to cost cost is great and he seems to take absolute delight in the role and in being able to partake in great action scenes here. He talks about his work in the press kit.Speaker 5: 08:28 Well, I was geeking out because when Chad was working with Keanu on some of the moves, um, he was explaining this one throw to Keanu and [inaudible] was, was not sure what he meant. So Chad goes over and does it with the stunt man and I'm like, what? Right. I, I'd never seen her director go over and do the move just flawlessly. And it was, I don't know how to do the move. It was this jump on the waistSpeaker 2: 08:56 twist and then you troll the guy to the ground. And so this is our director during the move and it was great. And, and you know, my whoa. In my head I'm just like, well this, that's really good. And then, and then he's talking to Keanu and he wants killed her to try it and apparently counter had never done it before. Then Kiana gets up and just the fact that he's going over there just to try it in front of everybody. Right. And he goes over and he, he jumps up and he locks his legs around the hips and then does a twist. And the guy who was flying, I'm like, are you kidding me? First of the director does a flawlessly and the lead actor, it was great. John Wick three is a pure adrenaline rush from start to finish. My only complaint has to do with some narrative flaws.Speaker 2: 09:39 I'm willing to give any film a leap of faith, and by that I mean a film can create any universe at wants and so long as it abides by its own logic, I'm willing to go along. So I'm fine with people falling off buildings and surviving or walking through a hail of bullets without a scratch. But there's a point in the story where John Wick does something so out of character and so not in keeping with the memory of his beloved wife that it almost derailed the whole film for me. Fortunately, the film corrects itself, but I wish I had conceived of a smarter way to keep the plot going than to have wicked band in his own core values. We'll do help set the mood from you. Gifts. Let us begin.Speaker 2: 10:22 Services still off limits to me. What do you need? [inaudible] guns, lots of guns. John Wick. Chapter three is pure action cinema. Don't see this in d box or four dx or any of those theater enhanced ride experiences because it will only distract you from what's on screen. It's to help gain company make you feel the impact of every blow and experienced the exhaustion Whitfield's as the relentless onslaught of attackers come form. You don't need any gimmicks to make this film more visceral. John like three isn't a great film in terms of the ideas that explores, but it's a work that features absolute perfection in the execution of its action scenes and the way it pushes the envelope in terms of what stunt performers can do. Think of it like a musical where the numbers are flawlessly rendered, but the scenes in between could use a little more depth. There's something about action well done on screen that's so intoxicating. There's no other drug like it. Film is meant to depict motion and just as Buster Keaton silent film antics dazzled audiences almost a century ago. [inaudible] action films are making audiences look up and gasp at what is star and stunt team can pull off on screen in the new millennium. If you love the motion in motion pictures than this is the film for you. Okay. One last break and I'll be back with my 2017 with stunt manSpeaker 6: 11:54 turned director Chad's to Helsinki and I apologize for geeking out a little too much about his work. Yeah. So when I got to see John Wick chapter two, I have to say that the opening sequence, when it started, I kept slipping closer to the edge of my chair because I was so excited to see an action scene shot in these long wide takes without a lot of rapid cuts. And that was a thrill. So I just want to know when you tackled it and you decided how to open it and did, what was your thinking in terms of getting into those first fight scenes? Um, well I think like my background comes from action directing and second year what they call a second unit directing in Hollywood. Our company 87 11 deals with something called action design, their stunt coordinating, their stunt choreography. There's action choreography, which is choreographing the mood as much like a dance sequence or a musical.Speaker 6: 12:54 And then there's the orchestration of the stunts, which most according to do. And then there's action, desired action design goes to the next level of while you're in the Strip and prep phase. How is this sequence going to be executed? How is it going to look, how's it going to be designed? And when we did the first John Wick, we kind of executed what we've always wanted to do in film and I think in Hollywood style tone, like you know, you're the neons onset of every project comes to fruition and the dialogue scenes and the photography and the lighting. Very rarely does it come together with action sequences. But then again you have like, I think the way Steven Spielberg executed the opening sequence of saving private Ryan nailed the tone. Now the curt stayed with the character, told you something about the characters. It was incredibly well designed.Speaker 6: 13:37 It was well thought. It was well executed to tie directly into this story of fantastic. It's shot the way he wanted to shoot to give you the phonetic energy and keep you with the character. We're very similar on how we want to design our art genre action films, whether it's martial arts or cars and motorcycles or explosions. We want you to learn something from the character. We want you to appreciate the tone and we want you to see the action. So yes, we like wider shots. We like seeing real professionals where there are are are acting performance or stunt performers execute the choreography or the stunts that we want you to. We want you to see, there are a few exceptions to what I'm going to say, but nowadays action is looked at as the execution only. It's not where we're going to do this.Speaker 6: 14:19 We'll let the second unit guys, you had this young girls coming in as a cause. They don't want to spend the money on prep or they want to spend the time shooting it. And the first thing that gets crunched in budget worse, which everyone has to go through is either prep or days to shoot. So a lot of times you get an action sequence that's shot and executed. Not so much to show things but the high things or hide imperfections. If the cast member hasn't had enough time to train, you'll shoot him tighter. You won't see as much cause you don't want to see the imperfections of technique or choreography. If you use of stunt double, you're going to want to hide. The double didn't get a lot of over the shoulders are super wide. Shots are super tight shots. You're trying to hide things.Speaker 6: 14:54 If you don't have the time, if the gun don't work or the weapons don't work or the car doesn't, sorry, you can't go fast enough. It's more about hiding and not showing the audience as opposed to a lot of lot of prep, great professionals executing at a very high level that had been thoroughly rehearsed and I mean rehearsed with the camera teams, the actual on-camera performers, your cinematographer has lit away that will entice you not just aesthetically but the lights will be hidden so you can shoot wide shots. Pretty much the whole cruise in on the action pretty much just how the rest of Hollywood does dialogue scenes. I don't know why they just, you know, throw it to the wind when it comes to action sequences. We just put the same care into our action scenes that we try to put into our acting or our dialogue scenes.Speaker 6: 15:37 It's not hard. It's the same process most directors use for all their other scenes. For some reason, it just doesn't translate to action. I don't know. It's always a mystery to us. Well, I have to convince. I fell in love with action films through Asian movies, especially Jackie Chan and Chaldean fat people like that, and I had a chance to interview Jackie Chan and he talks about one of his big influences with gene Kelly and learning how to shoot action through that. Is that something that you also appreciate it? I'll do you one better. I've worked with Jackie and his team quite a bit and Donnie and in his team and Jet Lee and his team and little, you know, the huge influences. I love the Asian cinema. Love it. Especially the 80s with the Hong Kong action stuff as well as Japanese animation and you go back a step further to Akira Kurosawa.Speaker 6: 16:20 If you were to go look at John Wick, John Wick two, you'd see an amazing similarity and composition to serve Giuliani, banana Bertolucci and Akira Kurosawa and we just like that. But I think our true influence is almost back to silent film. I love Buster Keaton, really enjoyed Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chapman. If you can tell a story with the volume down and you can still get what the movie's about and you can still see the emotion on, on the characters face, if you can still see the chasing and get what's going on. I think that's a big part. Oh my partner and I, Dave Leach on the first one. We really tried to do a silent film. That's why I can, is character says very little installed, done with emotion. So I think that's a good way to tell the story and have the dialogue and everything else is back up and really say things that means something when they mean something, but we, you know, that's just like [inaudible].Speaker 6: 17:03 That's just what appeals to me. It seems like too from a Asian action films that they do value the time put into that stunt work and is that something that you also got when you worked with, again, we'll ping on the matrix that that's something kind of you got to see on a Hollywood film and did that inspire you in any way? What we really liked about working with [inaudible] Ping was the methodology behind his action, the amount it was rehearsed, the amount of training that went into the cast. Most stunt teams, we rehearsed a great deal with stunt doubles and the stunt men and a little bit with the actors. We go, absolutely. We throw every penny we can into training the cast member and we just don't train them to memorize moves. Kiana was traded on this one to be a practical three gun firearm technician, meaning he was trained in rifle with live fire, you know, in a very safe environment up at it in a professional shooting range as well as trans with Swat and military personnel and then brought to the choreography teams to accentuate that.Speaker 6: 17:58 Our best judo and Jujitsu martial art, people were used to train them, so around the fake being good. We just trained count on to be good. Basically just tended to be a stunt guy. Now we got that from very much the Hong Kong thing because it allows you to shoot differently if you're a cast member. Isn't it just a rockstar and can do all the choreography that we want. You don't have to cut or you can choose where the capital's, it's more of a directorial edit to give you pacing or do you give you emotion or to give you some kind of storytelling ability as opposed to our actors only trained to do three moves at a time, which forces the edit or I have to use a stunt double, which forces the angle or I can't see cause the other stunt guys haven't been trained or the camera man has it been in rehearsal.Speaker 6: 18:35 So the camera has got an 80 pound camera and show they're trying to keep up with all the guns. It always comes through. Again, trying to hide was not there. The Hong Kong teams, their camera and we're like stunt guys. Their editors were still like from the editor to the director to the performers. That link or that production line was all on the same page. They were all at rehearsals. They were all there. So on John Wick One and two our editor was here are


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