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Director:
Writers:
John Woo (screenplay)
John Woo (story)
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Release Date:
14 January 1994 (USA) 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 »
User Reviews:
A John Woo date movie See more (25 total) »

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 / Godfather

Kenneth Tsang ... Chow / Dad
Fung Woo (as Fung Wu)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheung-Tak Hung ... Chow's henchman
Leila Tong ... Red Bean
Declan Wong ... Magician Henchman

John Woo ... Stanley Wu (uncredited)
David Wu ... Auctioneer (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
James 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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Trivia:
John Woo chose to do this film because he wanted to do something more light-hearted after _xue shuang xiong, Die (1989)_ (The Killer) and Bullet in the Head (1990) (Bullet In The Head) (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, _Lashou shentan (1992)_.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:
James:We're always travelling. We should look for somewhere to call home.
Red Bean Pudding:Brother James, don't say things like that.
[quotes a famous chinese saying]
Red Bean Pudding:There are very old mountains and rivers, heroes don't seek a place to rest, people won't always be dancing on stage, and trends will be blown away by the wind and rain.
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Movie Connections:
References The Last Song (1980) (TV)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A John Woo date movie, 13 June 1999

This is a lighthearted and funny movie that everyone will enjoy. Yes, some people get shot and a few vehicles explode. After all, it's John Woo. But it's very different from the usual heavy, brooding loyalty/betrayal theme of his other movies, and the love triangle is really ... cute. That's right, cute. This is as cute as John Woo will ever get.

Chow Yun-Fat is as bad-ass as ever, and you get to see him flirt and be very funny. Leslie shows off his ubiquitous tango skills. And at least 3 very good action scenes. All in all, this is one John Woo movie that's also a date movie. You can even watch this with your Mom.

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