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

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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.

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Shek Yin Lau ...
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Chung Lin ...
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Siu Hung Ngan
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Hang Shuen So ...
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Kan-Wing Tsang ...
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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>

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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The original cut ran 126 minutes, but Golden Princess thought the film ran too long and wanted it cut. For some European countries, the film was cut down even further to around 96 minutes. For descriptions of the scenes that were cut, check out A Website Never Dies. Most notably, the infamous "piss drinking" shot (which Mark described in A Better Tomorrow (1986) was cut. See more »

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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: Fai, I said we would go back to Hong Kong together. If you can't go back, then neither of us is going back.
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Referenced in Ip Man 2 (2010) See more »

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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.


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