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Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) (1992)


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Yun-Fat portrays a maverick, clarinet-playing cop nicknamed "Tequila" whose partner is killed in the dizzying chaos of a restaurant gunfight with a small army of gangsters. It is soon revealed that one of the mob's high-ranking assassins is Tony (Tony Leung), an undercover cop who, despite his badge, is dangerously close to the edge. Tequila and Tony must team up in a tense partnership, and their common pursuit of a vicious crime lord results in a brilliantly elaborate climax in a hospital,

Jul 24, 2007


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Choreographically stunning like most of Woo's work, especially before he headed West.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A supercharged thriller.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Woo does, in fact, seem to be a very brisk, talented director with a gift for the flashy effect and the bizarre confrontation.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Cool, stylish, vastly entertaining Hong Kong actioner from John Woo, in top form.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A striking yet overlong actioner...

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The film is a life-support system for its third act.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A moody, tense, moving and action-packed crime drama -- one of Woo's very best.

December 11, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Accomplishes a lot within its time frame, and it's an accomplishment only Woo is capable of.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The action sequences here are less overtly beautiful than in his previous films, but they're far more complex and explosive.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The kinetic action set pieces of Hard-Boiled are so tightly-wound, so intense, that they will either exhilarate or scare off action fans bred on the relatively lame offerings provided by major Hollywood studios.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Hard Boiled takes Woo's signature gunplay to even more hyperbolic extremes than he had previously achieved.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

John Woo's poetically violent action sequences are his trademark, and Hard-Boiled features three stunning examples.

August 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

An incredibly wild--and bloody--ride.

December 22, 2004 Full Review Source:

A master stylist, Woo is similarly brilliant at examining the moral and social hierarchies of his patriarchal crime worlds.

December 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Nicely builds to a memorable nail-biting finale.

October 24, 2003
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Weak John Woo film. Some good action scenes, but no heart. See Bullet in the Head instead.

July 14, 2003 | Comments (2)

Short on plot or brains, but miles-long on fantastic action and ultra-hipness. Chow Yun Fat displays a level of excellence not seen in his American-made films.

March 19, 2003

This film is capital -N Not For Everyone, but it is also one of the best action films of all time.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix


October 4, 2002 | Comments (4)

If you like action, this movie is for you!

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
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January 19, 2014
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One of the greatest action movies ever made. A very stylish, pulse-pounding, unstoppable and unforgettable movie. Director, John Woo's action movie masterpiece. A bullet riddled classic in it's own right. The action sequences are spectacular, explosive, wild, outrageous and energetic. Chow Yun-fat is one of the greatest action movie hero's of all time, he plays with bullets as if they were candy and gives a sensational and terrific performance. Tony Leung gives a breakout performance, he is slick, stylish and very impressive in the role. They have great chemistry. Woo knows how to craft the story with characters that matter and make you compelled to follow them all the way through. An awesome adrenaline rush from start to finish. It's nothing but a good time from stat to finish. It's a two-hour roller-coaster ride that has your pulse-racing and heart-pounding all the way to to the end.
March 19, 2013

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A renegade cop teams up with an undercover agent to bring down a gun runner with a massive arms cache hidden in a local hospital. John Woo is pretty useless when it comes to anything but action, so it comes as little surprise that his best film by far includes very little else. And action it has in spades! The now familiar tough guy cop clad in sunglasses and duster coat, leaping through the air in slow motion, twin pistols blazing has now passed into cliche, but Woo invented it. Woo's artistic take on action influenced everyone from James Cameron to the Wachowski brothers and Robert Rodriguez would probably be gainfully employed behind the counter of the nearest Taco Bell without this film. The action is non-stop and absurdly over the top, and if it weren't it wouldn't have worked half as well. It's true that the characters are total stereotypes, the dialogue corny and the action genre has certainly moved on since 1992, but like its contemporary martial arts films the lack of CGI and modern camera techniques gives it a rawness and physicality that's missing from today's equivalents. It's an exploitation flick cunningly disguised as a cop thriller and the combination of brilliantly choreographed violence (the extended takes of the hospital shoot out in particular) and super-cool leads makes for an unpretentious, action packed blast. The birth of the modern action movie.
October 4, 2012
xGary Xx

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Whilst 'The Killer' may overshadow 'Hard Boiled', the film still punches its audience right in the chest, pulls them by the lapels into the story, and then doesn't let go until the very end.

Powerful and punchy, whilst 'The Killer' is the best of action films, the title for best action sequences ever, with extremely close competition from 'Seven Samurai' must go to this wonderful piece of cinema.

Chow Yun Fat returns with Woo, this time as a cop, who following the death of his partner, wants revenge on the Triad gang who killed him. He teams up with Tony Leung, in his best screen role, apart from 'Bullet in the Head', an undercover cop who is more in tune with the Triads than his police allegiance.

'Hard Boiled' doesn't pretend to be a deep journey into certain themes, or a mysterious suspense story. It is an action film through and through with all the usual heroic bloodshed ideas and tone. But it still explodes like fireworks and is a great film to watch.

Hollywood should sulk in shame at their level of action, compared to this import from the Hong Kong masters John Woo and Chow Yun Fat. Brilliant, stylised as always, brutal as always, honest as always, 'Hard Boiled' is a racing and bold affair.
August 11, 2012
Adam Kelly

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    1. Tequila: We either conquer the world or you kill me tonight with this gun.
    – Submitted by Caesar M (13 months ago)
    1. Tequila: You're full of shit! There's the toilet.
    – Submitted by Gorizard H (3 years ago)
    1. Superintendant Pang: Give a guy a gun, he thinks he's Superman. Give him two and he thinks he's God.
    – Submitted by Gorizard H (3 years ago)
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