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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:
Puts most action movies to shame. 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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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) | 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:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Tequila's partner shoots the undercover cop in the tea house, the blood from his wounds clearly spurts from his vest & not his body.See more »
Quotes:
Tequila:What are you? It's hard to call you a triad. It's even harder to call you a cop. What rank are you? Sergeant? Inspector? Joker? Should I salute you?
Alan:If you like. To you, I'm a criminal. To my mum, I'm a son. To the triads, I'm a hero.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Time Crisis (1997) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mona LisaSee more »

FAQ

How can Tequila fire so many bullets without reloading?
What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Taiwanese Version?
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42 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Puts most action movies to shame., 3 December 2007
Author: msia91 from Penang, Malaysia / Chicago, USA

When someone mentions, "action movie", the first thing that gets in their minds is guns, fighting, blood, and so on. The people who they instantly think are the likes of Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis, even the hammy Seagal, Snipes and Van Damme! Not until recently, I found myself confused about which action movie is the greatest. For me, the ultimate action hero is Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I cannot seem to find a perfect action movie.

Until I began checking up films of John Woo, and stumbled upon this baby...

Only a handful of action movies can compare to this, but most fail to be better. This movie IS the epitome of an action movie, it has never-ending thrill-a-minute stylish action sequences that just make your jaw drop in amazement. It has a body count that can be compared to most epic movies, and it has an excellent atmosphere to further enhance the story. The action sequences are a combination of outrageous, unreal and cool at the same time.

The story is weak, but not very. It provides the basis for the action to unfold. And boy, when it does, you'll have a blast! I mean, they took the premise of a basic cops and robbers tale and highly jazzed it up somehow to deliver this truly authentic and unique piece of movie making. This is not just a movie which action fans alone should see, this movie deserves to be sought and recognized by other highly-ranked film critics.

The director, John Woo, ups the ante on this one. After glorifying the gangsters in his "Better Tomorrow" movies and "The Killer" (which almost is as good as Hard Boiled), he decides to glorify the cops, and he does that, but with bigger elements. He doesn't show realism and humanism in this film, because he wanted to emphasize and slightly exaggerate on how big the elements can go. The criminals would kill lots of innocent people to complete their nefarious deeds, and the violence is hyper-stylized to the point where it becomes necessary to subdue the criminals using that technique. He combines unique Chinese Opera dancing techniques and dramatic shootouts to create stylistically significant and exhilarating gunfights for the eyes and ears to behold. The pace is hyper kinetic as Woo relentlessly dishes out whatever tricks he has up his sleeve, much to our delight.

Chow Yun-Fat's status as an action hero is immortalized here in his performance as super cop Tequila, who dodges bullets and shoot crooks while cooing a baby to sleep and covering his eyes from the ensuing violence. This scene also signifies the violence in Hong Kong back in the days, but highly stylized to create a superb action experience. Tony Leung is also splendid as the disillusioned undercover cop, who seeks to regain his humanity and reputation. The rest of the cast gave good performances, with kudos to Anthony Wong as the sadistic villain who will do anything to get what he wants (fully exampled during the film's climax), and Cheng Jue-Luh as one of the most badassed villains ever, Mad Dog.

The atmosphere of the movie further improves its credibility. John Woo's interests are shown through Tequila's passion of jazz and the beautiful and dark cinematography of Hong Kong, which, when combined together, gives an effect that signifies two different worlds, that is, the life of a cop and the life of a criminal. Also, the music score by Michael Gibbs is great, with a perfect melodramatic jazz score during dramatic scenes, and to pumping synthesizers, gritty and haunting scores during the majority of the action sequences. All of these add up to the amazing elements of the movie to make it even better.

Overall, I cannot think of any other action movie than this. This is THE action movie for film-goers, critics, and action junkies alike. This perfectly shot ballet of blood and bullets is an example of how great and reliable Asian movies can be, when we are finally tired of cliché elements from Hollywood. Mr. Woo, Your Midas Touch has its full effect here. This movie is one of the greatest action movies ever made. And I will stand by that decision for as long as I live.

A must see.

9/10

Delton

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