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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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Wei Tung ...
Foxy (Guest star) (as Tung Wai)
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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 ...
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Wai-Sun Lam ...
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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 »


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

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The teahouse where the first sequence was filmed was demolished five days after Woo was done. During filming, the neighbors called the police every night to complain about the gunfire, but the cops were fans of Woo, so they allowed him to complete shooting every night. See more »

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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.


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