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Die xue jie tou (1990)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 August 1990 (Hong Kong)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ben / Siu Bun (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
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Frank / Fai Jai
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Paul / Sau Ming
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Luke / Lok
Yolinda Yam ...
Sally Yan Sau Ching
Chung Lin ...
Mr. Y.S. Leong
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Jane / Siu Jan
Kan-Wing Tsang ...
Jane's father
Hang Shuen So ...
Jane's mother
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Policeman
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Ben's mother
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Paul's father
San Yan Siao ...
Mr. Shing
Tin Hung Yee ...
Ringo
Yun Pei ...
Frank's mother
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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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17 August 1990 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Bullet in the Head  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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| (heavily cut) (video)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Simon Yam was actually burnt in the face during the POW camp sequence. 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: Mr Leong. I think think you're mistaken. When we were in Hong Kong we admired Miss Yen. We like listening to her sing. We were all staring at her just now, as we were wondering... wondering why she had changed so much. She's not pretty any more.
Paul: Ah Bee!
Ben: She's lost her innocence. She's not happy any more. I wonder who was responsible for that?
Y.S. Leong: You're criticizing me? Not many people would speak to me like that. Young man, you've got balls. Bring me wine!
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Connections

References The Big Boss (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Believer
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by The Monkees
S.E. Asia Music
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a trip into violence
2 November 1999 | by (Frankfurt am Main / Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this film once with my friends and it ruined our nerves. This film grabs and doesn´t let loose till its finished. It is the only film I ever saw that had violence really, not only so to say, non-stop. Even if the guys crossed a street or bought something to eat the bullet-showers didn´t stop. Watching this film is a nightmare because it just doesn´t stop till nearly everyone is dead. What it makes so attracting is the fact, that it works, this film is the climax of its genre, it is hard to imagine that any film can be more focused on violence than this film. Its also hard to tell entertainment from rejection and thats what John Woo can do better than anyone. His intensity in violence is close to Pasolinis 120 Days Of Sodom And Gomorrha and some films of David Lynch, but he does it in his own unique consequent ways, which certainly generated a new set a new style and standard in filming. This film though not so amusing as hard boiled got 10 instead of 9 because of its extraordinary strangeness. Watch this film and be sure to have a good beer with friends afterwards to come down again, otherwise your sleep will be affected.


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