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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John Woo had previously been criticized for glamorizing gangsters in his films, so he decided to make this film glamorizing the police. See more »
At the end of the Wyndham Teahouse shoot out, Tequila (Chow Yun Fat), covered in flour, executes the mysterious gunman in the kitchen at point blank range with a single shot of his pistol. However, the slide of the semi-automatic pistol does not blow backwards to cycle the next round after Tequila pulls the trigger. In reality, this would indicate that the pistol would have failed to fire. It is possible that they had the actor fire an empty gun, or a non-firing prop gun, for safety purposes. See more »
What's with all these paper cranes? You bored? Maybe you feel lonely here?
You know, I've always hated making cranes. I make one each time I kill somebody. How about it, shall I make you one?
No thanks. And if you'll get killed, who'll make yours?
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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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