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Die xue jie tou (1990)

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

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 Yolinda Yam ... Sally Yan Sau Ching
Chung Lin Chung Lin ... Mr. Y.S. Leong
Fennie Yuen ... Jane / Siu Jan
Kan-Wing Tsang Kan-Wing Tsang ... Jane's father
Hang Shuen So 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
Tin Hung Yick Tin Hung Yick ... Ringo (as Tin Hung Yee)
Yun Pei Yun Pei ... Frank's mother
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Storyline

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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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Bullet in the Head See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Simon Yam was satisfied working with John Woo on the film, but he was disappointed because he didn't get any publicity for it. See more »

Goofs

When the action moves to Vietnam the movie posters ('Dien Bien Phu', etc.) shown are films that came out well after the Vietnam war was over. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Fai, I said we would go back to Hong Kong together. If you can't go back, then neither of us is going back.
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Alternate Versions

Singaporean VHS is drastically cut to approx. 90 minutes. It is missing every scene showing student demonstrations in Hong Kong, the entire POW-camp scene as well as all the scenes which had already been removed for the Hong Kong theatrical version. See more »


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a trip into violence
2 November 1999 | by araraSee all my reviews

I saw this film once with my friends and it ruined our nerves. This film grabs and doesn´t let loose till its finished. It is the only film I ever saw that had violence really, not only so to say, non-stop. Even if the guys crossed a street or bought something to eat the bullet-showers didn´t stop. Watching this film is a nightmare because it just doesn´t stop till nearly everyone is dead. What it makes so attracting is the fact, that it works, this film is the climax of its genre, it is hard to imagine that any film can be more focused on violence than this film. Its also hard to tell entertainment from rejection and thats what John Woo can do better than anyone. His intensity in violence is close to Pasolinis 120 Days Of Sodom And Gomorrha and some films of David Lynch, but he does it in his own unique consequent ways, which certainly generated a new set a new style and standard in filming. This film though not so amusing as hard boiled got 10 instead of 9 because of its extraordinary strangeness. Watch this film and be sure to have a good beer with friends afterwards to come down again, otherwise your sleep will be affected.


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