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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 ...
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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 Nicholas Cage and John Travolta in the American hit Face/Off.
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Editorial Reviews

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: 11/25/2003
  • EAN: 4890391105592
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Import [generic]
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Philip Kwok Mad Dog
Danny Lee
John Woo Mr. Woo (night club owner)
Y. Yonemura
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. My Best Friend [15:23]
3. Intelligence [12:22]
4. Munitioner [12:06]
5. Trap [12:19]
6. Undercover [6:25]
7. Cooperation [12:30]
8. Ammunition [9:34]
9. Besieged [14:39]
10. My Fault [17:06]
11. Explosion [14:45]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter
   Set Up
      Dolby Digital Cantonese
      Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 Cantonese
      Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 Mandarin
      DTS Cantonese
      Subtitle: Traditional Chinese
      Subtitle: Simplified Chinese
      Subtitle: English
      Subtitle: Japanese
      Subtitle: None
   Data Bank
      Synopsis
      Cast & Crew
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapoin

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Chow will blow you away!!!!

    There is a reason this is one of my most favorite movies ever! Great action by Chow and awesome shootout! To me this movie is a classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the best action movies ever made. This is the last movie Woo made before making movies in the U.S. Chow Yun-Fat is great here.

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