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Zong heng si hai (1991)

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 Puddin - Joe (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Kong Chu ...
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David Wu ...
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Mr. Cheung (as Wu Fung)
Pierre-Yves Burton ...
Mr. Le Bond (as Pierre Yves Burton)
Declan Wong ...
Magician Henchman (as Declan Michael Wong)
Patrick Hon ...
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Yat Kwun Tang ...
Young Red Bean Pudding - Young Joe
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Young James - Young Jim
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Young Red Bean - Young Cherie (as Lina Kong)
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Kin-Shing Choi ...
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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 <sysop@hal9k.com>

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2 February 1991 (Hong Kong)  »

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HKD 33,397,149, 31 December 1991
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Jay Chattaway's music from Red Scorpion (1988) is used in the film. 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 Pudding: Did I make you waste your tears over me?
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The real Thief
6 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Once a thief how it was originally conceived by John Woo. And although it was nice that they let him remake(remade) his own work (but sadly for a TV audience as an appetizer for a TV show), this still is the real deal!

Chow Yun Fat is captivating as ever, but you also have the great Leslie Cheung, who sadly took his own life a few years ago. But roles like this one make him unforgettable. Overall the movie is a little bit lighter than your average John Woo film, although that doesn't mean you won't recognize it as one! Normally this shouldn't be the first John Woo film you watch, but even if so, it doesn't matter, because you will enjoy it either way! :o) (at least that's what a Woo fan like me is saying/thinking!)


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