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Bullet in the Head (1990)

Dip huet gai tau (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 August 1990 (Hong Kong)
When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.

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John Woo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Ben / Siu Bun (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Jacky Cheung ... Frank / Fai Jai
Waise Lee ... Paul / Sau Ming
Simon Yam ... Luke / Lok
Yolinda Yam ... Sally Yan Sau Ching
Chung Lam ... Mr. Y.S. Leong (as Chung Lin)
Fennie Yuen ... Jane / Siu Jan
Kan-Wing Tsang Kan-Wing Tsang ... Jane's father
Hang Shuen So ... Jane's mother
John Woo ... Policeman
Hee Ching Paw ... Ben's mother
Tseng Chang ... Paul's father
San-Yan Siao San-Yan Siao ... Mr. Shing
Paco Yick Paco Yick ... Ringo (as Tin Hung Yee)
Yun Pei Yun Pei ... Frank's mother
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In 1967, on the way to the wedding of a friend a young man is accosted by a local gang member. Later, the three friends administer justice, in the process of which the gang member is killed, so they leave Hong Kong to avoid the police and the gang. They run black market supplies to Saigon and get embroiled in the war, being arrested as Viet Cong, then later captured by the Viet Cong, and find that their friendship is tested to the limits as they try to escape. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Trivia

Simon Yam was actually burnt in the face during the POW camp sequence. See more »

Quotes

Ben: You always called me Big Brother, I said being friends was enough. Among friends, rank is irrelevant.
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Alternate Versions

The German version, although rated 18, is heavily cut (ca. 30 minutes). See more »

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Referenced in Max Payne (2001) See more »

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I'm a Believer
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by The Monkees
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Bullet with your name on it...
3 September 2006 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

John Woo directs an absolute merciless Vietnam war drama that is comparable to The Deer Hunter in it's power and is quite possibly one of the greatest movies of Woo's career. The movie follows three trouble-making kids (Tony Leung, Waise Lee and Jackie Cheung) who are exiled to Vietnam to escape the Hong Kong authorities after a rival gang member is killed by them, once in Saigon the run into "The Viet Cong" who are far worse than the HK authorities and their rival gang and what the V.C do to our trio makes them regret in all their hearts that they didn't go to prison in the much safer Hong Kong. A Bullet In The Head would be a tale about friendship overcoming the hard times of war, if the friendships in the movie actually prevailed. Instead the movie gives us a heart wrenching look at war and what it does to the three friends in the movie. The kids in the movie are in the beginning not very sympathetic and give off the impression that they deserve what they get but once they go to Vietnam you realize just how much in over their head they are and Woo filters the emotion from this situation and effectively conveys a story that is hard to watch but very rewarding nonetheless. After witnessing the debacle of Windtalkers I decided to see if Woo could direct war, well it goes without saying this blows that one out of the water. This is up there with Hard Boiled and The Killer as Woo's best film.

* * * * out of 4-(Excellent. A Must See!)


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Hong Kong

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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