He is famed for his Hollywood action flicks like Broken Arrow (1996) and Face/Off (1997).
Yet director John Woo, 68, "does not understand" why his daughter wants to be an actress.
But being the loving, doting father that he is, he fully supports her decision - so much so that he even cast her in his latest big-screen project The Crossing.
He was in Singapore yesterday with his daughter Angeles Woo, 36 - she is the second of his three kids - to promote the movie.
Angeles has a small supporting role, playing the sister-in-law of Takeshi Kaneshiro's doctor character.
"Angeles has directed a couple of short films in the past, which I really liked. I thought her concepts and ideas were great," Woo told local reporters.
"I thought she'd go on to further her career as a director or scriptwriter.
"Then, she reminded me one day that ever since her junior high days, she had expressed her interest in acting. I was surprised, but I certainly don't object to her acting.
"I started out as a theatre actor too and I think it helps one become a better director. It'll benefit her if she intends to venture behind the scenes in the future."
He added: "I think Angeles can act. Plus, she's hardworking. Her Mandarin is not fantastic, but she worked extremely hard to memorise her script."
Angeles said there was no awkwardness whatsoever working with Woo on set.
"I feel fortunate to be part of The Crossing, I never thought I'd get to be in dad's movies," she said.
"One of the best things about my dad is that he doesn't bring work home. When he's home, he doesn't carry himself like a director. He shows affection by cooking for us."
This article was first published on December 5, 2014.
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