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Hing-Ka Chan (written by) &
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Release Date:
2 August 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »
The movie that began it all......... See more »
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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One fine film from John Woo See more (88 total) »


  (in credits order)
Lung Ti ... Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)

Yun-Fat Chow ... Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)

Leslie Cheung ... Sung Tse-Kit
Emily Chu ... Jackie
Waise Lee ... Shing (as Lee Chi Hung)
Feng Tien ... Father Sung

John Woo ... Inspector Wu
Yanzi Shi ... Mr. Yiu

Kenneth Tsang ... Ken
Fui-On Shing ... Shing's right hand man
Hsieh Wang ... Mr. Wang (as Hap Wong)
Chi Fai Chan ... 'Little' Wang
Ming Leung ... Uncle Chan
Hing-Yin Kam ... Mr. Mok
Pierre Tremblay ... Interpol Officer

Hark Tsui ... Music Judge (as Tsui Hark)
Shung Fung Lau ... Taiwanese Triad
Wei Ho Tu ... Taiwanese Triad
Yung-sheng Pan ... Taiwanese Triad
Seng-Kwong Chang ... Taiwanese Triad
Foo-Wai Lam ... Taiwanese Triad

Stephen Chow ... Taiwanese Triad
Hsin Nan Hung ... Triad Member
Hsi-Chun Yang ... Triad Member in Parking Lot
Wai Tong Wong ... Shing's Gangster
Te-wei Chu ... Shing's Gangster
Ming-Wai Chan ... Shing's Gangster
Wing-Hon Cheung ... Shing's Gangster
Wai Cheung Mak ... Brawl Extra
Han-Yuan Ma ... Brawl Extra (as Hon-Yuen Ma)
Gregory Snegoff ... Sung Tse-Ho (voice: English version)
Patrick Leung
Kwok Leung Cheung

Directed by
John Woo 
Writing credits
Hing-Ka Chan (written by) (as Chan Hing Kai) &
Suk-Wah Leung (written by) (as Leung Suk Wah) &
John Woo (written by)

Produced by
Hark Tsui .... producer (as Tsui Hark)
John Woo .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Koo  (as Ka-Fai Koo)
Joseph Koo 
Cinematography by
Wing-Hang Wong 
Film Editing by
Ma Kam 
David Wu 
Production Design by
Chi Leung Lui 
Art Direction by
Bennie Lui 
Costume Design by
Gam-Jan Yeung 
Production Management
Kuo-Chung Chou .... production manager (as Tony Chow)
Yu-Kin Ng .... production manager
Ga-Man Wan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cylon Or .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Lik-fong Ng .... still photographer
Kim-Kit Wai .... lighting director
Jan-Wah Yuen .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
Other crew
Wing-Tuen Chow .... script supervisor
Hark Tsui .... presenter (as Tsui Hark)
Wei Tung .... action director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ying hung boon sik" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Rapid Fire" - Philippines (English title)
"The Essence of Heroes" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Mark Gor is based on a character (the "wandering knight") from a previous Woo film, Last Hurrah for Chivalry.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The cello playing at the "audition" (c.11 minutes) is inaccurately mimed.See more »
Mr. Yiu:[to Shing as he keeps calling him "Bastard"] So, what did Ho say, bastard?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Contract Killer (1998)See more »
Birdy's FlightSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One fine film from John Woo, 21 May 2002
Author: InzyWimzy from Queens, NY

This film just works!! Besides Woo's top notch action sequences, I was amazed by the great story. Chow Yun Fat is great as Mark and Leslie Cheung is very good as Kit. However, I think the main spotlight is on Ti Lung who is amazing as Ho. The story of loyalty & friendship is the main emphasis here and is essential. Plus, the chemistry between the actors is so apparent, you can see that they must've had so much fun making this movie.

I can see myself watching this again and again...

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