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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 » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant See more (265 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
Phillip Chung-Fung 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 / 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
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)
Anjo Leung ... Ah Lung's / Benny's son
Bo-Chuen Ng
Wai Man Tam ... Gangster (as Wei-min Tan)
Simon Broad ... Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen (voice: English version) (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
Chi Ming 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
 
Stunts
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok .... action coordinator (as Philip Kwok)
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
 
Location Management
Rosanna Kwok .... location manager
 
Music Department
Michael Gibbs .... music arranger
Michael Gibbs .... music producer
Ole Mathisen .... musician: saxophones
Jim Odgren .... musician: saxophones
Max Rose .... music engineer
Jamshied Sharifi .... music programmer
Jamshied Sharifi .... musician: synthesizers
Benjamin Wittman .... music programmer
Benjamin Wittman .... musician: synthesizers
James Wong .... composer: additional music
Michael Gibbs .... musician (keyboards) (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ng Hon-Leung .... director: thrid unit
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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 | Philippines:R-18 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (uncut) | UK:18 | USA:R
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Trivia:
More than 200 guns were used in the film, all of which were real. Due to Hong Kong's strict gun laws, the weapons had to be imported specially from England and inspected by the HK police before they could be used on set. The production also had to import a substantial quantity of blank ammunition; in total, over 100,000 rounds of blank ammunition would be fired during the filming of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Tequila empties the shell casings from his revolver after the warehouse shootout, the shell casings are blank shell casings, not real bullet shell casings.See more »
Quotes:
Tequila:Which year did you graduate? Who was your teacher?
Alan:Are you testing me?
Tequila:I'd just like to ask your teach how he managed to produce such a stubborn cop.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Score (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
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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?
What's the deal with the birds in the Chinese restaurant at the start of the film?
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66 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 7 April 2007
Author: Mike Keating (yamawhore@gmail.com) from London, England

"Hey!" Chow Yun Fat says, covering a baby's eyes. "X-Rated action!" He's not wrong: Hard Boiled is a film clearly not afraid to embrace its genre's excesses. While most modern action films (Smokin' Aces for one) aspire to some sort of grand intelligence while providing shoot-outs and explosions, this film is a reminder of times when action films suffered no such pretensions.

Crowds of people are gunned down without explanation and the smallest things explode for little or no reason. The bad guys are massively exaggerated cutthroat caricatures and the good guys never miss. Scenes of Fat and Leung running down corridors are inexplicably shot in slow motion. And, for all of these reasons, it is amazing. It's fast, it's exciting, and it never lets up.

Hard Boiled is loud, exciting, and, thanks to quite terrible dubbing and a ludicrous early 90's soundtrack, often unintentionally hilarious. It is a film that places entertainment firmly ahead of plausibility and logic, and is quite frankly awesome for it.

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