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Once a Thief (1991)
"Zong heng si hai" (original title)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  14 January 1994 (USA)
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A romantic and action packed story of three best friends, a group of high end art thieves, who come into trouble when a love-triangle forms between them.

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Red Bean Pudding (Joe) (as Chow Yun Fat)
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James (Jim)
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Kong Chu ...
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Stylish caper thriller stars Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cheri Chung as a trio of international art thieves. Shot primarily throughout Europe, this Woo film is a romantic and exciting change of pace for Woo. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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They only stop to reload.


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The time elapsed between the first day of shooting and the first public screening of the finished film was ten weeks. See more »

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When Joe and Cherie are driving behind the truck, that is transporting the paintings (including their marked one), you can clearly see the rope holding the car of Joe and Cherie close to the truck during the stunt scene. See more »

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Red Bean: I want to live somewhere peaceful, that isn't at war.
Red Bean Pudding: Iraq? There's no war in Iraq. Or go to heaven, they have clean air!
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Typical Hong Kong action comedy
17 November 2011 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

Chow Yun Fat's one of a trio of art thieves who grew up together on the city streets. Bought up by a harsh criminal mentor, they find kindness from the local bobby. As adults they pull off seemingly impossible heists, but find themselves double-crossed by their mentor and determine to get revenge.

This is a typical Hong Kong action-comedy – although perhaps not the kind of typical John Woo film we're used to in the West. When it focuses exclusively on action set-pieces it's pretty spectacular; when combining action with comedy it's fitfully successful, but when trying to be funny in its own right it's a complete stinker. The storyline would never get green-lighted in the States, but it's entertaining enough. It might have been even more enjoyable had anyone bothered to write half-way decent subtitles, but as usual we get the kind of stuff a twelve-year-old would write.


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