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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:
the gunplay fanatic's dream, and that's enough See more (254 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 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)
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
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
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
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:
The scene at the jazz bar after the teahouse shootout was added on the last day of shooting. Chow wanted to have a scene that showed his real-life friendship with Woo. The scene was scripted and shot in less than a hour.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After shooting the mysterious "machine gunner" at point blank range to end the Teahouse shoot out, the shot Tequila fired leaves a gory glob of blood on his face. However, when Tequila rushes to the side of his fallen partner, Benny in the Teahouse, the blood on Tequila's face appears to be only a small dried smudge on his face even though it's supposed to be just moments after Tequila shot the thug. While Tequila could've wiped his face, there's less kitchen flour on his face and clothes than a moment ago as well.See more »
Quotes:
[to a baby, after shooting someone]
Tequila:Hey, x-rated action!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A New Wave (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mona LisaSee more »

FAQ

What's the deal with the birds in the Chinese restaurant at the start of the film?
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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62 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
the gunplay fanatic's dream, and that's enough, 9 April 2004
Author: red_core from Silicon Valley, CA

If you're the average IMDB reader, you probably enjoy a good action movie every now and then, but you approach action films with a certain caution and skepticism (I can't blame you, even though I am an action junkie myself). If you're that kind of viewer, the score I would give (for you) for Hard-boiled is a 6.5. To you, this is a prototypical "good" action movie -- intense, perfectly executed, original action, shown to the tune of a forgettable and occasionally insulting story.

To action junkies, this movie is an easy 9, because the only thing that really matters is that the action is superb and the other elements, if not stellar, don't detract enough from the action to really make a difference.

Splitting the difference, we get an 8/10 -- an outstanding score.

Hard-boiled is the ultimate John Woo / Chow-Yun Fat collaboration. Chow plays an uncompromising Hong-Kong cop who "works" together with an undercover cop (an EXCELLENT Tony Leung) in the triad gun-running organization. Now, when I say "works," I mean "launches thousands of bullets, slugs, and explosive projectiles into HUNDREDS of mafioso baddies." This film has a RIDICULOUS amount of gunplay. Pretty much everyone you see on screen dies at some point. Those that don't die often come perilously close to dying, before getting up and moving on as if nothing had happened. The gunmen in this film have magical powers that enable them to fire about 100 rounds from a Beretta clip without having to reload. And the top good guys seem only vaguely concerned about the loss of innocent life -- at a teahouse, or a large hospital -- except for tiny baby life, of course -- as long as they get to kill the top triad guy. And the story... well... not incoherent, but completely implausible at many points.

Realistic? NO. Is the story good? NO. Is this relevant? Not particularly. You see, one watches a John Woo movie for two things: Strong lead characters; strong lead characters shooting their way to success in surreally choreographed gunplay scenes. "But what if I don't want to watch a movie just for that?" Well, this one forces you to! If you can stand action at all, you'll be glued to the screen the entire time. Chow is a good actor, and Tony Leung is probably even better here -- they make the obligatory story sequences compelling, and when they start firing their weapons, you can't take your eyes away. Slow-motion highlights bullets, explosions, and plaster and sparks flying every which way, even as the actors and stunt men acrobatically move through the air while evading enemy fire. It's a little hard to describe how great this really is, so you just have to take my word for it. Suffice it to say that no one does gunplay like Woo, although everyone and their mother tries. (James Cameron's technique with heavy weapons and muscular guys is the other way to do gunplay, and is great in its own, more limited right.) If you're a fan of Face/Off, an American John Woo movie that actually does not suck, you know what to expect -- but multiply that by 100.

The story and realism are not good, but this makes no difference. Suspend disbelief, and go with the flow, and you're treated to prime-quality action. There ARE however, elements of this film that drag it down quite a bit. Most of them, to me, concern Woo's depictions of violence. It's obvious the man revels in blood. Several times, you see blood spurt copiously and unnaturally -- onto a wall, a desk, even a man's or baby's face. While the action is generally frantic and quick, these shots are slow, deliberate, and in-your-face. Why? To cater to our basest instincts, like a cheap slasher film. With action scenes and character acting done so well, it's embarrassing to watch such gratuitous gore added into the mix. But that's not all! The script's "good" characters are not morally corrupt: You can see them actively trying to avoid other cops or innocent bystanders. This is superficial. The characters aren't corrupt; the final script is. At least 50 innocent people, including patients at a hospital, die violently. The film doesn't display this as a horrific event, but rather as part of the scenery, cannon fodder; the film even gets pretty despicable amusement from this, particularly in one scene involving a baby (don't worry! the baby is not hurt).

Technically speaking, the movie is perfect. Aesthetically speaking, the same is true, with the exception of the music, which is extremely cheesy at times (the sax that suddenly kicks in during "emotional" moments is unbearable -- is that some kind of HK movie thing, or what?).

Such negatives are distracting. Your ability to ignore such distractions will ultimately determine if you give this a 5 or a 9. Were it a little more humane, I'd give it a 9. As it stands, I give it: 8/10.

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