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Director:
Writers:
John Woo (screenplay)
John Woo (story)
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Release Date:
2 February 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They only stop to reload.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Yun-Fat Chow ... Red Bean Pudding (Joe) (as Chow Yun Fat)

Leslie Cheung ... James (Jim)
Cherie Chung ... Red Bean (Cherie)
Kong Chu ... Chu (Dad)

Kenneth Tsang ... Chow (Father)
David Wu ... Auctioneer
Fung Woo ... 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 ... Hitman
Yat Kwun Tang ... Young Red Bean Pudding (Young Joe)
Ka Fai Tong ... Young James (Young Jim)
Leila Tong ... Young Red Bean (Young Cherie) (as Lina Kong)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Shing Choi ... Guard
Simon Broad ... Red Bean Pudding (Joe) (voice) (uncredited)
Cheung-Tak Hung ... Chow's henchman (uncredited)

John Woo ... Stanley Wu (uncredited)

Directed by
John Woo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Janet Chun 
Clifton Ko 
John Woo  screenplay
John Woo  story

Produced by
Terence Chang .... producer
Amy Chin .... associate producer
Linda Kuk .... producer
 
Original Music by
Man Yee Lam  (as Violet Lam)
 
Cinematography by
Hang-Sang Poon 
William Yim 
 
Film Editing by
David Wu 
 
Production Design by
Fanny Leung 
 
Art Direction by
Wah Sang Leung 
 
Costume Design by
Shirley Chan 
 
Production Management
Daniel Baschieri .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Joubé .... first assistant director: second unit
Patrick Leung .... assistant director
Sylvia Liu .... second assistant director
Chung-Kan Tang .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Catherine Leighton .... assistant property master
Hsi-jen Yang .... props
Shi Cheng Yang .... property master (as Sai-ching Yeung)
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Law .... special effects supevisor: Hong Kong
 
Stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt performer
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Max Garnier .... stunt driver
Rémy Julienne .... car stunts
Philip Kwok .... action coordinator (as Chin-feng Kwok)
Bruce Law .... car stunt coordinator: Hong Kong
Bruce Law .... stunt coordinator: fire sequences and body burns: Hong Kong
Bruce Law .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pui-Chi Lam .... electrician
Gam-Fai Lee .... electrician
Wing Lok Lee .... assistant camera
Lin Yau Tsou .... assistant camera
Wai-Keung Tung .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Chan-Kuen Pang .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Heung-Yeung Tsim .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zong heng si hai" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Letters to Wolves" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The time elapsed between the first day of shooting and the first public screening of the finished film was ten weeks.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Red Bean Pudding:Did I make you waste your tears over me?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Red Scorpion (1988)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The real Thief, 6 April 2007
Author: kosmasp

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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