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Hard Boiled (1992)

Lat sau san taam (original title)
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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 ...
Phillip Chung-Fung 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)
Ah Lung / Benny
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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The Most Action-Packed Film of Alltime. 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  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming in the hospital, the windows were covered with blast shields to give the appearance of night time, which allowed the crew to film at any time during the day. See more »


Throughout the film, characters fire more bullets than their guns would realistically allow without reloading. See more »


Tequila: What are you? It's hard to call you a triad. It's even harder to call you a cop. What rank are you? Sergeant? Inspector? Joker? Should I salute you?
Alan: If you like. To you, I'm a criminal. To my mum, I'm a son. To the triads, I'm a hero.
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Mona Lisa
Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Sung by Teresa Mo and Philip Chan
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User Reviews

"Give the guy a gun and he's superman, give him two and he's God."
25 August 2003 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Chow Yun Fat, toothpick in mouth, a gun in each hand. That's all of the plot you need to know. Hard Boiled was my first John Woo movie and, in my opinion, his best. No other action movie comes close to this. In fact, this is THE best pure action epic ever filmed. Upon viewing it, I immediately fell in love with Woo's style and his star. It's full of the most stylized gunfights ever seen and Chow Yun Fat is the definition of cool. The full blown finale defies description. Someone once called it an action fan's wet dream. There's not much more I can say because actions speak louder than words. So go see the movie.

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