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Hard Boiled (1992) More at IMDbPro »Lat sau san taam (original title)

Hard Boiled -- A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.


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John Woo (story)
Barry Wong (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 April 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »
As a cop, he has brains, brawn, and an instinct to kill. See more »
A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
(235 articles)
User Reviews:
"Give the guy a gun and he's superman, give him two and he's God." See more (257 total) »


  (in credits order)

Yun-Fat Chow ... Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen

Tony Chiu Wai Leung ... Alan (as Tony Leung)
Teresa Mo ... Teresa Chang
Philip Chan ... Supt. Pang
Philip Kwok ... Mad Dog (as Kwok Chun-Feng)

Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... 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 ... Ah Lung
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
Kenny Lam ... Hitman 3
Michael Dingo ... Jimmy
Hoi-Shan Lai ... Librarian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Shing Choi ... Gangster
Kei-Yung Ho ... Johnny's man

Jun Kunimura ... Teahouse gun-man (Guest star)
Chi Ming Lau (as Chi Ming Liu)
Bo-Chuen Ng
Wai Man Tam ... Gangster (as Wei-min Tan)
Simon Broad ... Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen (voice) (uncredited)
Pierre Tremblay ... Johnny Wong (voice) (uncredited)

John Woo ... Mr. Woo (uncredited)

Directed by
John Woo 
Writing credits
John Woo (story)

Barry Wong (screenplay)

Gordon Chan  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Terence Chang .... producer
Amy Chin .... associate producer
Linda Kuk .... producer
Yuet-Chuen Kwok .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Michael Gibbs 
Cinematography by
Wing-Hang Wong 
Film Editing by
Ah-Chik  (as Jack Ah)
Kit-Wai Kai 
John Woo 
David Wu 
Production Design by
Wah-Sang Leung  (as James Leung)
Costume Design by
Janet Chun 
Bruce Yu 
Makeup Department
Wai-Fong Cheng .... hair stylist
Wai-Fong Cheng .... makeup artist
Production Management
Yuen-Yee Cheng .... assistant production manager
Carly Wong .... assistant production manager
Ken Wu .... production manager (as Chi-Ming Ng)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Leung .... second unit director
Sylvia Liu .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Siu-Lung Ching .... sound effects editor
Max Rose .... sound engineer
Brian Schwegmann .... sound effects
Yu Ting .... dubbing editor: cantonese
Special Effects by
Bruce Law .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Yuen-Tai Ting .... optical effects
Philip Kwok .... action coordinator
Bruce Law .... car stunt coordinator
Bruce Law .... stunt coordinator: fire sequences and body burns
Jackie Yeung .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kim-Kit Wai .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Chan-Kuen Pang .... assistant editor
Patrick Pang .... assistant editor
Music Department
James Wong .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Ng Hon-Leung .... director: thrid unit
Rosanna Kwok .... location manager
Yu Ting .... dialog director: Cantonese
Heung-Yeung Tsim .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lat sau san taam" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Hard-Boiled" - Hong Kong (English title), International (English title)
"Hot-Handed God of Cops" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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Rated R for pervasive violence and some language
128 min | Germany:92 min (cut version) | Taiwan:131 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:XXX (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2001) | Finland:(Banned) (1994) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (heavily cut) | Germany:18 (re-rating) (JK/SPIO) (uncut) | Germany:18 (video rating) (heavily cut) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 (uncut) | UK:18 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Many of Tequila's mannerisms (such playing the clarinet) were taken from a real cop Woo interviewed for the film. Tequila's love of jazz is taken from Woo himself.See more »
Continuity: Location and the position of Benny's (Tequila's partner) body in the Teahouse. When he was shot, he was inside the kitchen with the door entering the kitchen to his left. Yet after Tequila comes to his side after the shoot out, Benny is outside the kitchen on the floor in the dining area. That would mean that as he was being shot, his body would have to have had to make a left turn to get back out side the kitchen even though he was seen being shot and falling within the kitchen.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005) (VG)See more »
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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
How can Tequila fire so many bullets without reloading?
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87 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
"Give the guy a gun and he's superman, give him two and he's God.", 25 August 2003
Author: Backlash007 from Kentucky

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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