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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... See more »


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Ben / Siu Bun (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Frank / Fai Jai
Paul / Sau Ming
Luke / Lok
Yolinda Yam ...
Sally Yan Sau Ching
Chung Lin ...
Mr. Y.S. Leong
Jane / Siu Jan
Kan-Wing Tsang ...
Jane's father
Hang Shuen So ...
Jane's mother
Ben's mother
Paul's father
San Yan Siao ...
Mr. Shing
Tin Hung Yick ...
Ringo (as Tin Hung Yee)
Yun Pei ...
Frank's mother
Kwong Lam Tsui ...
Frank's father
Shek Yin Lau ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yee Cheng
Siu Cheung
Kwok-Keung Choi
Chi Man Ho
Kwok Chung Kwan
Foo-Wai Lam
Jameson Wa-Fan Lam ...
(as Wah-Fan Lam)
Chi-Ho Lau ...
Viet soldier
Shung Fung Lau
Raymond Lee ...
(as Wai-Man Lee)
Yiu Ging Lee
Bo-Jing Leung
Wai Cheung Mak
Therdporn Manopaibool
Siu Hung Ngan
Hiu-Sang Pang
Somsak Saengvilia
Thirasak Sinsoongsud
Damrongphandhu Sudrak
Wai Man Tam ...
(as Wei-min Tan)
Suchai Thilua
Yu Ting ...
(as Yue Ding)
Wei Ho Tu
Kowit Wattanakul
Wai Shun Wong
Wai-Fong Wong
Wing Tat Woo
Hsiang Lin Yin
Jonathan Isgar ...
Bomb squad member (uncredited)
Ernst Mausser ...
Bar Pianist (uncredited)

Directed by

John Woo

Written by

Janet Chun ... ()
Patrick Leung ... ()
John Woo ... ()

Produced by

Wan Allen ... associate producer: Thailand
Catherine Lau ... associate producer
Patrick Leung ... associate producer
John Woo ... producer

Music by

Sherman Chow

Cinematography by

Wilson Chan
Ardy Lam
Chai Kittikum Som
Wing-Hang Wong

Film Editing by

John Woo
David Wu

Editorial Department

Simon Broderick ... colorist
Jing Lan ... post-production coordinator
Chan-Kuen Pang ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Wah-Sang Leung ... (as James Leung)

Art Direction by

Wah-Sang Leung ... (as James Leung)

Costume Design by

Bruce Yiu

Makeup Department

Hoi-Loy Chan ... hair stylist
Fung-Ping Cheng ... makeup artist
Wai-Fong Cheng ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Yun-Ling Man ... makeup artist
Yau-Shing Wong ... hair stylist

Production Management

Ying-Fai Chan ... assistant production manager
Chi-Sum Chow ... assistant production manager
Chi-Ho Hui ... production manager
Kwong-Hing Ngan ... assistant production manager
Heung-Yeung Tsim ... assistant production manager
Yuk-Ling Wong ... assistant production manager
Deanne Yew ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Kai Keung Lai ... second assistant director
Chedpong Laoyant ... second assistant director: Thailand
Kwok-Wai Lee ... second assistant director
Chi Ming Leung ... first assistant director
Charlie Sungkawess ... first assistant director: Thailand
Chung-Kan Tang ... first assistant director
Wing-Fai Wong ... first assistant director

Art Department

Kwok-Wing Chong ... assistant art director
Yee-Fung Chung ... assistant art director
Rachane Schunhasri ... props foreman: thai unit
Yin-Wai Wong ... set designer (as In-Wai Wong)
Shi Cheng Yang ... props

Sound Department

Kwok-Kwong Chan ... sound effects editor
Wai-Leung Chan ... sound effects editor
Siu-Lung Ching ... sound effects editor
Hsueh-Yui Feng ... dubbing editor: mandarin (as Suet-Yeu Fung)
Wai-Tak Ho ... sound effects editor
Tin-Lung Tang ... sound effects editor
Yu Ting ... dubbing editor: cantonese


Bruce Law ... car stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Yingporn Anaman ... assistant camera: thai unit
Chi-Lap Chan ... lighting assistant (as Chi Lap Chan)
Kam-Chuen Chan ... still photographer
Kim-Kit Chik ... lighting technician
Kei Sheung Chow ... assistant camera
Vimvipa Dtangpaibool ... image director: thai unit
Perry Ho ... assistant camera
Yongsri Pimsornthong ... lighting assistant: thai unit
Tin Yan Wu ... lighting technician
Si-Chan Yeung ... assistant camera

Location Management

Throngterd Mahasuwan ... location manager: thai unit

Music Department

Sherman Chow ... music editor
Romeo Díaz ... composer: theme music
James Wong ... composer: theme music
Chor-Yee Yan ... theme vocals

Other crew

Wan Allen ... planner: thai unit
Sing-Hung Chan ... production assistant
Udom Choomleur ... caterer: thai unit
Janet Chun ... script supervisor
Gam-Ging Fung ... caterer
Catherine Lau ... planner
Yim-Fun Lau ... caterer
Patrick Leung ... planner
Vinita Vattanavarodom ... production secretary: thai unit
Lun-Cheung Wong ... story editor

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Other Companies



Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Bullet in the Head (Hong Kong, English title)
  • Dip huet gai tau (Hong Kong, Cantonese title)
  • Bloodshed in the Streets (Hong Kong, English title)
  • A Bullet in the Head (World-wide, English title)
  • Bullet in the Head (World-wide, English title)
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  • 136 min
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Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia John Woo's original cut of Bullet In The Head was over three hours long. Much like he was forced to do with A Better Tomorrow 2 (1987), Woo reluctantly re-cut the film down to little over two hours long running time. But, as Woo himself confirmed, the version of the movie that was premiered in Hong Kong the day before it was actually released was 2 hours and 35 minutes long. It was decided this version was still too long, so all the prints of the film had to be re-edited and delivered back to the cinemas all over Hong Kong by the next day. Even after all the re-edits that movie already had, many other different cuts of it were made due to local market/censorship, which is why even today there are many different versions of the film with different running times. Since it had been radically cut down, there are some still photos of the film, which indicate that entire subplots have been removed from the film, which aren't even referenced in the final cut. On one such photo, you can see Tony Chiu Wai Leung's face in bandages, his girlfriend standing near him. This is from a subplot in which Ben gets his face burnt with acid by a rival gang. Some of the other cut scenes also include cuts made on some of the more violent scenes in the film. Hong Kong trailer for the film shows some alternate takes and edits of some scenes and three deleted scenes; During the Vietnam protestation sequence one protestor is being clubbed to death on the head by members of the Vietnamese troops while blood is gushing out of his head, infamous deleted scene where Ben, Frank and Paul are forced to drink urine after Mr Leong suspects them of wanting to take Sally away from him (this scene was actually mentioned by Chow Yun Fat's character Mark in A Better Tomorrow), and extra part of the Bolero action sequence where Frank who is armed with two pistols is shooting at a long array of Vietnamese baddies who are standing in the corridor. Some versions of the film also include alternate shorter ending which doesn't ends with Ben chasing Paul in the car and two of them having a shootout, but instead in this alternate ending Ben kills Paul in the boardroom after he shows him Frank's skull and tells him what happened to him. John Woo secretly hoped that as soon as he got to Hollywood, he would acquire the rights to his old films (including Bullet) and put back in all the things that he was once forced to cut. But when he tried to do so, he was told that all the material he had cut, hadn't been preserved, but instead wandered straight into the garbage bin. However, some time later Woo created what would become known as "the festival print" which was the longest version of the movie seen since the original Hong Kong premiere and was 136 minutes long and it included the infamous urine drinking scene. It has been illegally released on a bootleg VHS. Another 135 minute version released on DVD has been sold to the public legally. It is distributed by Joy Sales; this ultimate 2 disc-set edition has seamless branching which can be shown in its Theatrical Version, Alternate Ending version and the Festival Print version but the deleted scenes maintain a blue tint (possibly from the chemicals of the film reacting badly) and also frame jumping (film preservation done too late by the director himself). 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Irma Vep (1996). See more »
Soundtracks I'm a Believer See more »
Quotes Ben: Mr Leong. I think think you're mistaken. When we were in Hong Kong we admired Miss Yen. We like listening to her sing. We were all staring at her just now, as we were wondering... wondering why she had changed so much. She's not pretty any more.
Paul: Ah Bee!
Ben: She's lost her innocence. She's not happy any more. I wonder who was responsible for that?
Y.S. Leong: You're criticizing me? Not many people would speak to me like that. Young man, you've got balls. Bring me wine!
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