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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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Director:
Writers:
John Woo (story)
Barry Wong (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 April 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
As a cop, he has brains, brawn, and an instinct to kill. See more »
Plot:
A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Mr. Action" Delivers Again See more (252 total) »

Cast

  (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 Wong Chau-Sang ... 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:
Kei-Yung Ho ... Johnny's man
Jun Kunimura ... Teahouse gun-man (Guest star)
Chi Ming Liu
Wai Man Tam ... Gangster (as Wei-min Tan)

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
Jack Ah 
Kit-Wai Kai 
John Woo 
David Wu 
 
Production Design by
James Leung 
 
Costume Design by
Janet Chun 
Bruce Yu 
 
Makeup Department
Wai Fong Cheung .... hair stylist
Wai Fong Cheung .... 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
Brian Schwegmann .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Law .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Yuen-Tai Ting .... optical effects
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive violence and some language
Runtime:
128 min | Germany:92 min (cut version) | Taiwan:131 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:XXX (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | 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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Trivia:
During the hallway shootout, when Yuen and Alan get in the elevator, the crew was given 20 seconds to clean and change the set outside the elevator doors so that it looked like a different floor.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Often when someone gets shot, a flash can be seen at the exit wound. Bullets do not make flashes at the exit wound, so this is a miniature explosive charge used to make the wound appear as an effect.See more »
Quotes:
Tequila:What's with all these paper cranes? You bored? Maybe you feel lonely here?
Alan:You know, I've always hated making cranes. I make one each time I kill somebody. How about it, shall I make you one?
Tequila:No thanks. And if you'll get killed, who'll make yours?
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FAQ

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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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"Mr. Action" Delivers Again, 29 December 2000
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Master of Action John Woo delivers once again with his hard-hitting, action-packed thriller `Hard Boiled,' starring Chow Yun-Fat as a veteran cop known as `Tequila,' Hong Kong's answer to San Francisco's own `Dirty Harry.' In this one, an undercover officer infiltrates a gangland Triad dealing arms, and when a rival gang threatens to take over, Tequila joins in the melee, and once it begins the action never stops until the last of the credits have rolled off into the recesses of the darkened screen. Along the way there are tests of loyalty, mistaken identities and a staggering display of superbly choreographed violence. There's a couple of plot twists, but it's a rather straightforward story, and as usual, Woo melds it with the action with his trademark style and perfection. The action sequences are incredibly well staged and delivered, but so exceedingly violent that it passes beyond reality at times (especially during the climax) into a somewhat surreal state of being, only to be ultimately drawn back in again by the grounded core of the story. It's a fine line that Woo treads successfully time after time in an arena in which many other `action' directors have foundered. A consummate professional, Woo knows exactly what he wants and what works, and he doesn't quit until he gets it. Among the directors of the `action' genre, he is quite simply the best there has ever been. As the somewhat jaded and `hard Boiled' cop, the charismatic Chow Yun-Fat demonstrates that if Jackie Chan can team up with Chris Tucker, he most certainly could find a place at Eastwood or Gibson's side. He has the attitude and the look that make his character credible, which helps anchor Woo's art in reality, albeit a rather violent one. As with the `Dirty Harry' or `Lethal Weapon' movies, it gives the audience someone to whom they can relate and root for. And it's all buoyed with symbolism and metaphor and Woo's impeccable sense of timing and deft and sparing use of slow motion, which in his hands becomes an extremely effective tool. The supporting cast includes Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Alan),Teresa Mo (Teresa Chang), Philip Chan (Superintendent Pang), Hoi-Shan Kwan (Mr. Hui) and Philip Kwok (Mad Dog). The true brilliance of Woo's films lies in the fact that he never sacrifices story for action, but instead blends the two together to create a whole that is artistically rendered (his action sequences are something akin to visual poetry) and substantial, rather than having an action film that-- like so many others of the genre-- is hollow inside. Like his earlier film, `The Killer,' which also starred Yun-Fat, `Hard Boiled' pushes the envelope and will keep you on the edge, right along with the characters in the film, right until the very end. As with all of Woo's movies, this one is a satisfying foray into the intense, cutting edge `Action' world of one of Cinema's Master directors, and a must-see for any true film buff. I rate this one 9/10.

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