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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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Luke / Lok
Yolinda Yam ...
Sally Yan Sau Ching
Chung Lin ...
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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)  »

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Bullet in the Head  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the filming of some of the riot sequences, things got so chaotic on the set that John Woo panicked and ran into several shots. Once, he actually ran into an explosion, which caused large cuts on his head. 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

Paul: All I want is this box of gold. Is that so much to ask?
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Connections

References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

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Oh my sweet lord...
5 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is the opposite of a kid's movie. Many R rated violent movies are fine for kids, but the story, the tragedy, the horror, and just the characters are too much for children. This is not a movie to watch if you are having a party. This is a fine, fine work by John Woo. The four main characters are excellent, and one is a killing machine. In the end you get more from this than even The Killer (which I feel is a better movie). While The Killer may tug at your heart, this will screw with your mind. This movie must be seen much more than the Matrix when it comes to being unable to explain what's going on. John Woo's opening seems very in character for him, but it might not be perfect for this film. Still, it serves its purpose and the end is truly incredible.


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