Hard Boiled (1992)
"Lat sau san taam" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  16 April 1992 (Hong Kong)
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A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan (as Tony Leung)
Teresa Mo ...
Philip Chan ...
Philip Kwok ...
Mad Dog (as Kwok Chun-Feng)
Johnny Wong (as Anthony Wong)
Hoi-San Kwan ...
Mr. Hoi (Guest star) (as Kwan Hoi Sang)
Wei Tung ...
Foxy (Guest star) (as Tung Wai)
Bowie Lam ...
Meng Lo ...
Lonny (as Johnson Law)
Bobbie Au-Yeung ...
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


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>

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 April 1992 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Boiled  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Woo:  [hospital]  See more »


After shooting the mysterious "machine gunner" at point blank range to end the Teahouse shoot out, the shot Tequila fired leaves a gory glob of blood on his face. However, when Tequila rushes to the side of his fallen partner, Benny in the Teahouse, the blood on Tequila's face appears to be only a small dried smudge on his face even though it's supposed to be just moments after Tequila shot the thug. While Tequila could've wiped his face, there's less kitchen flour on his face and clothes than a moment ago as well. See more »


Tequila: [to Alan] I hate in-house funerals. I write all the music each time. A cop dies, and I have to play a tune for him. I really don't want to do that for you.
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Referenced in Infernal Affairs (2002) See more »


Written by Lionel Richie
Sung by Yun-Fat Chow and Teresa Mo
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User Reviews

Truly mind-blowing action flick.
26 June 2001 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Director John Woo has a powerful and explosive style that will leave you breathless after watching this extremely violent action flick.The camera is everywhere flying from place to place.And there are people everywhere.All of them firing a gun or two.I have never seen such energy before.The violence in "Hardboiled" is very brutal and well directed.The last half hour of this film,which take place in the hospital is full of inventive action sequences.Chow Yun-Fat is really good as a tough policeman and it's also very nice to see Anthony Wong("Bunman:Human Meat Pies","Dr Lamb","Bullet in the Head")-what a great performance!I like Hong Kong-action films by John Woo.Anyway, if you're tired of Hollywood's action trash,then this one is a must-see.Recommended!

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