MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 272 this week

Bullet in the Head (1990)
"Dip huet gaai tau" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  17 August 1990 (Hong Kong)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 7,419 users  
Reviews: 58 user | 39 critic

When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 22 Aug 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 21 Apr 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 20 Jul 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 25 Dec 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bullet in the Head (1990)

Bullet in the Head (1990) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bullet in the Head.

User Polls

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Thai government hires a group of Chinese mercenaries to capture a powerful drug lord from the Golden Triangle. The mercenaries manage to capture the drug lord, but soon find themselves ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo
Stars: Yuet Sang Chin, Doo Hee Jang, Ho Kon Kim
Xiao jiang (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: John Woo
Stars: Yueh Sun, David Tao, Linda Shui-chi Liu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A son tries to avenge his father, and gets two sword fighters to help him.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Damian Lau, Pai Wei, Chiu-hua Wei
Once a Thief (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Set in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the story follows Mac Ramsey and Li Ann Tsei, lovers and professional thieves who are separated while fleeing the powerful Hong Kong underworld crime lord ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo
Stars: Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei, Nicholas Lea
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man travels from China to Vietnam, on the brink of war with America, to retrieve his uncle and cousin but find complications when he falls in love with a female gangster with a dangerous ex.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Anita Mui
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A shmo makes a deal with the devil so he can become a great Pop star just to impress his dream girl. After he makes the deal, a catholic priest hangs around him to try and convince him that... See full summary »

Director: John Woo
Stars: Pak-Cheung Chan, Paul Chun, Fat Chung
City on Fire (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Yueh Sun
Full Contact (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two disreputable friends get tied in with a group of criminals who turn out to be excessively violent and deceptive.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater
Qian zuo guai (1980)
Comedy | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A doofus wins the lottery. He and his best friend live it up until a fortune teller tells him that he's going to die. So, the doofus goes to the doctor and after a mix-up his fears come ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo
Stars: Kim-Wan Chan, Lap Ban Chan, Ching Po Chang
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly, no-one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up spending the night ... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Ma Wu
Fa qian han (1977)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ducky is hired by Rich Chen to transport the "diamonds" he stole from Uncle Pai Mary. Uncles Tough Guy and Mary would like to get the diamond from Ducky, so they volunteer to relieve Ducky of his responsibility.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Richard Ng, Ricky Hui, Angie Chiu
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Josephine Siao is hired by a C.E.O. to teach his father manners and how to act like a "gentleman" in public. A goofy slapstick comedy that also features Ricky Hui as Josephine's long ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo
Stars: Josephine Siao, Ricky Hui, Sing Chen
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Jacky Cheung ...
Waise Lee ...
...
Fennie Yuen ...
Jane
Yolinda Yam ...
Sally Yen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Paul's father
Yue Ding
Shek Yin Lau ...
Fatso
Chung Lin ...
Y.S. Leong
Siu Hung Ngan
...
Ben's mother
Hang Shuen So ...
Jane's mother
Wai Man Tam ...
(as Wei-min Tan)
Kan-Wing Tsang ...
Jane's father
Edit

Storyline

In 1967, on the way to the wedding of a friend a young man is accosted by a local gang member. Later, the three friends administer justice, in the process of which the gang member is killed, so they leave Hong Kong to avoid the police and the gang. They run black market supplies to Saigon and get embroiled in the war, being arrested as Viet Cong, then later captured by the Viet Cong, and find that their friendship is tested to the limits as they try to escape. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Bullet in the Head  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (video)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Yun-Fat Chow was originally going to be play Luke, as he was really impressed with the script but John Woo had told him that his character was not the essential character of the story (though a pivotal one nonetheless) and that it might not have complimented his leading man status as it was really a supporting role (or more precisely - fourth leading role). See more »

Goofs

When the action moves to Vietnam the movie posters ('Dien Bien Phu', etc.) shown are films that came out well after the Vietnam war was over. See more »

Quotes

Ben: You always called me Big Brother, I said being friends was enough. Among friends, rank is irrelevant.
See more »

Connections

References Belle de Jour (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Believer
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by The Monkees
S.E. Asia Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The best written HK movie ever
12 April 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Crouching Tiger set the standard that HK and Taiwan were able to produce films that were at the same, perhaps even higher caliber than american films. I have always felt that their films were better even before this. One film that convinced me that HK films could reach out further than american films was this film, John Woo's Bullet in the Head. To sum this film up, its basically John Woo's take on Vietnam, but it really hits you harder than any Nam film ive ever seen. Woo pours alot of thought and emotion into the script and characters, making it more than his shootout/gangster outings. the film never pretends to have a positive connotation, and the ending is absolutely one of the best endings in HK cinema. An absolute masterpiece, see it, or you may never understand how a good action/drama should be done.


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fact: It is Woo's best. And his worst? derjo201
who cried at the end? ryannaughton1138-1
Alternate Boardroom ending? spruce_lees
John Woo's Deer Hunter Noxshus
Best Woo Film Ever Shane09
I guess I loved it... benzin
Discuss Bullet in the Head (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?