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Hard Boiled (1992)

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A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director:

John Woo

Writers:

John Woo (story), Barry Wong (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Alan (as Tony Leung)
Teresa Mo ... Teresa Chang
Philip Chan ... Supt. Pang
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... Mad Dog (as Kwok Chun-Feng)
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Johnny Wong (as Anthony Wong)
Hoi-San Kwan ... Mr. Hoi (Guest star) (as Kwan Hoi Sang)
Wei Tung ... Foxy (Guest star) (as Tung Wai)
Bowie Lam ... Ah Lung / Benny
Meng Lo ... Lonny (as Johnson Law)
Bobbie Au-Yeung ... Lionheart (as Bobby Au Yeung)
Shui Ting Ng Shui Ting Ng ... Ah Chung (as Ng Shui-Tung)
Kong Lau ... Hospital Director
Wai-Sun Lam Wai-Sun Lam ... Hitman 1
Benny Lam Benny Lam ... Hitman 2
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Storyline

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

From the director of "Hard Target" and "The Killer". See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

16 April 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Boiled See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All the characters had their voices dubbed by their own actors in order to save money. John Woo stated this was convenient as he did not have to worry about setting up boom mics and other sound elements. See more »

Goofs

Often when someone gets shot, a flash can be seen at the exit wound. Bullets do not make flashes at the exit wound, so this is a miniature explosive charge used to make the wound appear as an effect. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Pang said you don't waste bullets.
Tequila: Are you testing me?
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Alternate Versions

The German Video-Release, although rated FSK18, is heavily cut. The German TV version (rated FSK 16) is missing half an hour of footage - including almost all the bullet hits. See more »

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Hello
Written by Lionel Richie
Sung by Yun-Fat Chow and Teresa Mo
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User Reviews

 
Truly mind-blowing action flick.
26 June 2001 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Director John Woo has a powerful and explosive style that will leave you breathless after watching this extremely violent action flick.The camera is everywhere flying from place to place.And there are people everywhere.All of them firing a gun or two.I have never seen such energy before.The violence in "Hardboiled" is very brutal and well directed.The last half hour of this film,which take place in the hospital is full of inventive action sequences.Chow Yun-Fat is really good as a tough policeman and it's also very nice to see Anthony Wong("Bunman:Human Meat Pies","Dr Lamb","Bullet in the Head")-what a great performance!I like Hong Kong-action films by John Woo.Anyway, if you're tired of Hollywood's action trash,then this one is a must-see.Recommended!


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