Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a troubled hit-man seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug-lord has hired replacements to finish the job and kill the hit-man.
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
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Using the shotgun in the rose box was an original idea in both this film and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). It is a coincidence that they both came up with it at the same time. Its appearance in this film is not a reference to or a copy of "Terminator 2". It was used in two influential earlier films: Dog Day Afternoon (1975) when Al Pacino's character brings a rifle into the bank, and before that in Stanley Kubrick's film noir classic The Killing (1956), when the gang smuggles their heist gun into the track locker room hidden in a box of roses. 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 »
Most things go in and out of style - that is with the exception of war of course.
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Ever since John Woo came to America he seems to have lost the ability to crack the stylish violence up to 10. Only Face/Off has really come close to the type of style that he displayed in Hong Kong - Hard Boiled being a perfect example.
Hard Boiled sees cop "Tequila" Yuen (Chow Yun Fat) lose his partner in a violent shoot out in a tea-house and aims to bring revenge on the gangs causing chaos on the streets. During the film he come across a deadly assassin Tony (Tony Leung) who may or may not be an undercover police officer.
The film's plot is pretty good considering with several double crosses, good twists and the bonding relationship of Leung and Fat. However this is all about the action scenes and these are spectacular. Full of highly stylish violence, double handed gunplay and exciting near misses. Fat and Leung are both excellent in their roles but the stars here are the action scenes.
The only problem with this is that it is very violent and may be a turn off for some. That said if you're watching a John Woo Hong Kong film then you're probably not that bothered about a bit of stylish killing.
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