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Zong heng si hai (1991)

A romantic and action packed story of three best friends, a group of high end art thieves, who come into trouble when a love-triangle forms between them.

Director:

John Woo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Red Bean Puddin - Joe (as Chow Yun Fat)
Leslie Cheung ... James - Jim
Cherie Chung ... Red Bean - Cheri
Kong Chu ... Chu - Dad
Kenneth Tsang ... Chow - Father
David Wu ... Auctioneer
Fung Woo ... Mr. Cheung (as Wu Fung)
Pierre-Yves Burton Pierre-Yves Burton ... Mr. Le Bond (as Pierre Yves Burton)
Declan Wong Declan Wong ... Magician Henchman (as Declan Michael Wong)
Patrick Hon ... Hitman
Yat Kwun Tang Yat Kwun Tang ... Young Red Bean Pudding - Young Joe
Ka Fai Tong ... Young James - Young Jim
Leila Tong ... Young Red Bean - Young Cherie (as Lina Kong)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Shing Choi Kin-Shing Choi ... Guard
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Storyline

Once a Thief is an action/comedy/romance movie involving the plight of three master thieves (in the mode of Pink Panther). All three were raised by the same father and in fact were most certainly street orphans. The story begins with a successful art heist followed by a pledge to make this the last crime ever for the trio. The plot revolves around the theft of a mysterious "cursed" painting and how its obsession affects the family. Written by <sysop@hal9k.com>

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art | thief | painting | gun fu | kung fu | See All (41) »

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They only stop to reload.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

French | Cantonese | English | Hakka

Release Date:

2 February 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Once a Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

HKD 33,397,149, 31 December 1991
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Music from Wang Chung's "To Live And Die In LA" soundtrack is used multiple times throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Cherie are driving behind the truck, that is transporting the paintings (including their marked one), you can clearly see the rope holding the car of Joe and Cherie close to the truck during the stunt scene. See more »

Quotes

James: We're always travelling. We should look for somewhere to call home.
Red Bean Pudding: Brother James, don't say things like that.
[quotes a famous chinese saying]
Red Bean Pudding: There are very old mountains and rivers, heroes don't seek a place to rest, people won't always be dancing on stage, and trends will be blown away by the wind and rain.
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Alternate Versions

All German versions, including the TV-Version, are cut. See more »

Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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A John Woo date movie
13 June 1999 | by donleavySee all my reviews

This is a lighthearted and funny movie that everyone will enjoy. Yes, some people get shot and a few vehicles explode. After all, it's John Woo. But it's very different from the usual heavy, brooding loyalty/betrayal theme of his other movies, and the love triangle is really ... cute. That's right, cute. This is as cute as John Woo will ever get.

Chow Yun-Fat is as bad-ass as ever, and you get to see him flirt and be very funny. Leslie shows off his ubiquitous tango skills. And at least 3 very good action scenes. All in all, this is one John Woo movie that's also a date movie. You can even watch this with your Mom.


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