Hard-Boiled

Hard-Boiled

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Director: John Woo

Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Bowie Lam, Philip Chan

     
 

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Hard-Boiled is the last film directed by Hong Kong action auteur John Woo before his arrival in the U.S. This 1992 thriller, along with The Killer, is widely seen as one of his best from his Hong Kong days. Every ingredient of the quintessential Woo thriller is present, including his ever-present anti-hero (Chow Yun-Fat). Yun-Fat portrays a maverick,See more details below

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Hard-Boiled is the last film directed by Hong Kong action auteur John Woo before his arrival in the U.S. This 1992 thriller, along with The Killer, is widely seen as one of his best from his Hong Kong days. Every ingredient of the quintessential Woo thriller is present, including his ever-present anti-hero (Chow Yun-Fat). 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. The characters Tequila and Tony are two sides of the same coin, another trademark theme of Woo's films that would later be most fully realized with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in the American hit Face/Off.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Rachel Saltz
Fast, violent, and pulsating with style, John Woo's 1992 HARD BOILED shows why Hong Kong action pictures have found a dedicated audience all over the world. The story is a cops-and-mobsters thriller that gets a jolt of propulsive energy from the wattage of its stars. The lanky Chow Yun-Fat is Tequila, the hard-boiled cop who saves babies and noodles soulfully on the clarinet, and Tony Leung is an undercover officer whose passion equals Tequila's. Chow, one of Hong Kong's biggest stars, is as glamorous and self-contained as any classic-era Hollywood icon (think John Wayne or Gary Cooper), and he's also a sly comic presence. John Woo, the director of such U.S. hits as FACE/OFF and BROKEN ARROW, demonstrates his mastery of operatic romanticism and mythopoetic violence (exemplified by the scenes in the teahouse and the hospital). His nocturnal Hong Kong -- neon-soaked and melancholy -- is beautiful and compelling, a city uncertain of its future and already nostalgic for its present.
All Movie Guide - Genevieve Williams
Superstar action director John Woo attempted to go himself one better in Hard-Boiled, his last Hong Kong film before he headed for Hollywood. In a spectacular opening sequence that's imitated in The Corruptor, among other films, tough cop Tequila (international action star Chow Yun-Fat, in smart-ass mode) destroys nearly every piece of crockery in a teahouse when a police raid goes wrong. The balletic elegance of the incredible carnage in this scene is a Woo hallmark; the obligatory shot of Chow sliding across the floor, two guns blazing like he's dropped into a spaghetti Western, is cinematic poetry. While the ensuing plot is vintage Woo -- Tequila discovers that the assassin he's gunning for is actually an undercover cop, played with grim determination by Tony Leung -- the chemistry between the two actors as their characters develop an uneasy alliance makes the whole thing believable, even when it's discovered that the bad guys have chosen to hide their smuggled arsenal in a hospital basement, and the ensuing shootout probably cost more bullets than Terminator 2.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
UPC:
0883476030128
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
NR
Source:
Dragon Dynasty
Time:
2:09:00

Special Features

Feature length Audio Commentary By Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan; ; A Baptism Of Fire: A Featurette With Iconic Director John Woo; Partner In Crime: An Interview With Producer Terence Chang; Art Imitates Life: An Interview With Co-Star Philip Chan; Mad Dog Bites Again: An Interview With Leading Villain Kwok Choi; Hard Boiled Location Guide; Stranglehold Video Game Mini Making-Of; Trailer Gallery: Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer & U.S. Promotional Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chow Yun-Fat Tequila
Bowie Lam Yuen's Partner
Philip Chan Superintendant Pang
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Tony
Kwan Hoi-Shan Mr. Hoi
Anthony Wong Johnny Wong
Teresa Mo Teresa
Cheung Jue-lin Mad Dog
Tsang Kong Actor
Philip Kwok Mad Dog
Danny Lee Actor
John Woo Mr. Woo (night club owner)
Y. Yonemura Actor

Technical Credits
John Woo Director,Editor,Original Story
Terence Chang Producer
Amy Chin Associate Producer
Joel Chong Art Director
Michael Gibbs Score Composer
Cheung Jue-luh Stunts
Kai Kit-Wai Editor
Linda Kuk Producer
James Leung Production Designer
Wong Wing-Hang Cinematographer
Wang Wing-Heng Cinematographer
Barry Wong Screenwriter
David Wu Editor

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