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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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  (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?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Alan:When I'm a Triad, the cops want to kill me and when I'm a cop, everyone wants to kill me! I'm a scared man.See more »
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51 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
AWESOME, 1 August 2001
Author: zdz8888

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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