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Parents Guide for
Hard Boiled (1992) More at IMDbPro »Lat sau san taam (original title)

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Very regular and intense gun battles throughout film, literally too much violence for everything to be documented. Weapons included fists, pistols, shotguns, uzi's, grendades, machine gun's, knives and more. Blood sprays, countless bullet wounds, messy exit wounds are commonplace in the film.

The film's action sequences are mostly divided into four setpieces; the first is in a teahouse at the beginning of the film with many bloody deaths including cops and civilians. Lasts about five or six minutes.

The second setpiece takes place in a warehouse, where in fact TWO shootouts occur one after the other (the first being a raid between two warring triads and a second not five minutes later with the protagonist coming through the roof and shooting up the winning group, with very few survivors. This whole sequence lasts about 15 minutes.

The third setpiece is on a docked boat, and is definitely the mildest of the four, with four or five assassins being gunned down and their victim being seriously wounded. Lasts about three minutes.

The fourth sequence is by far the most violent, taking place in a hospital where literally SCORES of people (patients, police officers, and thugs) are mowed down and executed by a wide variety of guns. Babies and other patients are also in danger of being blown up by the villain, who has his thugs set the whole place up with explosives. This sequence lasts about 35-40 minutes if you include one of their first victims being chased through the facility while he's in a wheelchair.

The body count is numbered at around 300. The violence itself literally takes up almost three quarters of the film's two-hour runtime (perhaps more). It is most definitely one of the most violent action films of all time, however, it is far from the goriest. While there is lots of blood and even some blood spray, it never focuses on any gore and it doesn't escalate past bruises and gunshot spatters. The violence is nestled somewhere between the levels of 'cartoonish' and 'realistic', and much of it is intentionally over-the-top.

That being said, it's still not recommended for anyone sixteen or younger.

13 uses of the F-word (1 used with the prefix mother), other more moderate profanity.

Characters smoke and occasionally drink.

A man is severely beaten, and then has his throat slit while coping with injuries in a hospital.

The action sequences are also intense and acrobatic.

Many civilians (including babies) are in constant danger in the second half of the film. We see scores of patients being gunned down relentlessly by gangsters in a handful of scenes.

Rated R for pervasive violence and some language
Argentina:16 / Australia:R18+ / 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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