“John Wick” is many things, with one of the more obvious being an action film that has been influenced by Asian martial arts cinema with its long takes and choreographed fighting styles pulled off in memorable locales such as the nightclub.
Chad Stahelski, who co-direct the first and goes it alone on the upcoming second film “John Wick Chapter 2,” tells Empire that the stylistic tendencies have an even more noticeable influence on the new film:
“You go watch any of the great Hong Kong guys, [you’re watching] wider shots; you’re watching an extremely talented individual. If you’re using fast editing to hide things, I call bulls–t. That’s cheating. Luckily, we have a cast member that can do it. Keanu’s been doing martial arts for 25 years. He’s been trained by us, he’s been trained by Yuen Wo Ping. He’s been trained by Chen Yen.”
Two new images from the film are also out including one of Ruby Rose and Riccardo Scamarcio in an action sequence reportedly set in a hall-of-mirrors style art installation – a scene inspired by the end of “Enter the Dragon”. Stahelski says: “The whole installation is a maze of mirrors where guys can pop out and disappear. It’s very cool and a lot of fun to fight in.”
“John Wick Chapter 2” opens in cinemas early next year.