7.9/10
41,042
263 user 92 critic

Hard Boiled (1992)

Lat sau san taam (original title)
A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Killer (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung
Full Contact (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two disreputable friends get tied in with a group of criminals who turn out to be excessively violent and deceptive.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater
City on Fire (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Yueh Sun, Danny Lee
Just Heroes (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A respected and well liked gang-boss is betrayed and killed. One of his three adopted sons are to take his place. One of them is the traitor.

Directors: John Woo, Wu Ma
Stars: David Chiang, Danny Lee, Kuan Tai Chen
Hard Target (1993)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Alan (as Tony Leung)
...
Teresa Chang
Philip Chan ...
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Mad Dog (as Kwok Chun-Feng)
...
Johnny Wong (as Anthony Wong)
...
Mr. Hoi (Guest star) (as Kwan Hoi Sang)
Wei Tung ...
Foxy (Guest star) (as Tung Wai)
...
Ah Lung / Benny
Meng Lo ...
Lonny (as Johnson Law)
...
Lionheart (as Bobby Au Yeung)
Shui Ting Ng ...
Ah Chung (as Ng Shui-Tung)
Kong Lau ...
Hospital Director
Wai-Sun Lam ...
Hitman 1
Benny Lam ...
Hitman 2
Edit

Storyline

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

As a cop, he has brains, brawn, and an instinct to kill. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

16 April 1992 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Boiled  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During the filming of the scene in which Tequila is running down the exploding hallway with the baby, John Woo wasn't satisfied that the explosions were big and frightening enough in the scene. According to Woo in his Dragon Dynasty DVD interview, he asked the special effects technicians to reset the explosives and give him the trigger. When Yun-Fat Chow ran down the hall, Woo immediately set the explosives off, nearly incinerating Chow, who barely made it. According to Woo, Yun-Fat Chow exclaimed to the producer afterwards "John's trying to kill me! John's trying to kill me!". When Woo heard Chow screaming, he went up to apologize to Chow and saw that the back of his head and coat were in fact singed from the explosions. See more »

Goofs

Often when someone gets shot, a flash can be seen at the exit wound. Bullets do not make flashes at the exit wound, so this is a miniature explosive charge used to make the wound appear as an effect. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Have you got a cop called Vodka?
Superintendant Pang: He's called Tequila. He's a tough cop.
Alan: I don't care who he is, tell him to back off. He'll ruin everything. Do you want to go to another funeral!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Aan: Men at Work (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Mona Lisa
Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Sung by Teresa Mo and Philip Chan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

AWESOME
1 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. No movie has ever had this level of stylishly directed action, NOT EVEN CLOSE. This movie has the 3 best action sequences in the history of cinema, PERIOD.

The story is about a cop named Tequila who, at the beginning of the film, loses his good friend and fellow cop, in a teahouse shoot-out. He goes against all orders in trying to bring down the Triad that caused his friends death. In doing so, he inadvertantly finds out that there is an undercover cop, Tony, in the Triad he is trying to bring down, and eventually teams up with him.

This isn't your standard buddy cop fair like Lethal Weapon with tons of cheesey lines, dorky action and sappy side stories. The dialogue is insightful the action is the best ever and the side stories are well thought out, if a bit abbreviated (due to lack of time to shoot John Woo admits).

Tequila is trying to deal with a failed relationship and the death of his partner, Tony is torn against blowing his cover and defending his honor and the Lieutenant insists on playing it by the book even though it isn't fair.

John Woo said he made this film in honor of the men and women of the Hong Kong police force and the good work they do. He wanted to make a movie about the good guys winning. What he has done is made one of the most pivitol action films ever made, influencing every action movie since.


53 of 67 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 263 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Katee Sackhoff talks about her characters on "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Wars: Rebels," and "The Flash." Plus, "The IMDb Show" learns what it takes to wield a lightsaber.

Watch the show