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.
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
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 »
Once a Thief is an action/comedy/romance movie involving the plight of three master thieves (in the mode of Pink Panther). All three were raised by the same father and in fact were most certainly street orphans. The story begins with a successful art heist followed by a pledge to make this the last crime ever for the trio. The plot revolves around the theft of a mysterious "cursed" painting and how its obsession affects the family. Written by
John Woo chose to do this film because he wanted to do something more light-hearted after The Killer (1989) and Die xue jie tou (1990) (which flopped in Hong Kong on their initial releases). The strategy seems to have paid off; the movie was successful in Hong Kong and allowed Woo to get funding for his next movie, Hard Boiled (1992). See more »
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 »
Red Bean Pudding:
I've told you so many times. Don't just use D gear. Sometimes use 1st gear, or 2nd gear. I say brake, you don't. I say step on it, you don't. I say ease off the pedal, you don't. You're so stupid!
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Trite, boring, un-funny, embarrassing, and most of all -- Overrated.
I find it ironic the tagline for this movie is "They Only Stop to Reload" since they never actually stop to reload. In the long drawn-out and ridiculous gun fight scenes the bad guys, who have terrible aim, can fire their automatic sub-machine guns for a full minute and never have to reload.
In reality they would only be able to shoot those guns at full-auto for about two seconds. Of course they rarely get the chance to discharge their weapons for more than a few seconds before our good guys knock them off with perfect shots from their pistols. Who are they bad guys? We never really know for sure, and we never really know how they manage to find the bad guys. For instance in one chase scene set in the French Riviera, the chase starts when the bad guys find the good guys camped out on the top of one of the hills towering over the town. The bad guys chase them all the way through town to the waters edge where they are more bad guys waiting for them in boats. Why are the bad guys waiting for them in boats?? who knows?
The whole movie defies any attempt at logic. In fact the whole movie throws logic by the way-side in an attempt to be funny, but most of the jokes fall flat and the whole movie comes off as being lame. One of the few movies I've watched where I was impatiently waiting for the end to come just so I could quit watching it.
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