Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled)

Critics Consensus

Boasting impactful action as well as surprising emotional resonance, Hard Boiled is a powerful thriller that hits hard in more ways than one.



Total Count: 35


Audience Score

User Ratings: 39,415
User image

Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) Photos

Movie Info

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, where the heroes must rescue newborn babies from the maternity ward while fighting off dozens of mob soldiers. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled)

  • Apr 14, 2016
    John Woo's 1992 action film "Hard Boiled" has some of the most exciting choreographed action sequences ever put on camera. Also like many of John Woo's Hong Kong pictures, it stars Chow Yun-Fat as Tequila, a hard boiled cop who is determined to bring down the gun smugglers who killed his partner in a botched arrest turned gang war in a teahouse. While on the trail he comes across Alan (Tony Leung Chu-wei) who is an undercover cop working in a rival triad before being recruited by Johnny Wong (Anthony Wong). Together the two work to bring down Wong's gun smuggling activities. This leads to one of the most chaotic climaxes in movie history leading to a gun battle between the triad and the police at a hospital. This would be Woo's last film in Hong Kong before heading to Hollywood to make action pictures here. Although, at times "Hard Boiled" plays out like a first person shooter video game where unnammed gangmembers appear out of nowhere only to be killed by the good guys, this may be Woo's best film. It builds more of a story than 1989's "The Killer." And like "The Killer," the movie takes many cues from Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samourai" as well as American cop films like "Dirty Harry" and "Bullitt." This film definitely glorifies the police and show their regard for human life as that is contrasted with the triad's disregard for anyone and everyone that stands in their way, regardless of age or their physical condition. Overall, this film is one of the greates action films of the late 1980's to early 1990's and it's no wonder Hollywood wanted John Woo.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    What it lacks in convincing characters, it more than makes up for with insane/brilliant action sequences. Woo threw anything resembling realism out the door, but unlike some of his later stuff, the endless gun battles in "Hard Boiled" never get tedious.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2012
    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.
    Adam K Super Reviewer

Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) Quotes

News & Features