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Hard Boiled (1992)

Lat sau san taam (original title)
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A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen
... Alan (as Tony Leung)
... Teresa Chang
Philip Chan ... Supt. Pang
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... Mad Dog (as Kwok Chun-Feng)
... Johnny Wong (as Anthony Wong)
... Mr. Hoi (Guest star) (as Kwan Hoi Sang)
Wei Tung ... Foxy (Guest star) (as Tung Wai)
... Ah Lung / Benny
Meng Lo ... Lonny (as Johnson Law)
... Lionheart (as Bobby Au Yeung)
Shui Ting Ng ... Ah Chung (as Ng Shui-Tung)
Kong Lau ... Hospital Director
Wai-Sun Lam ... Hitman 1
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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From the director of "Hard Target" and "The Killer". See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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16 April 1992 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Boiled  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

John Woo wanted to bring the entire hospital down during the finale. The crew became worried and asked producer Terence Chang to talk some sense into Woo. Woo agreed to use only 1/4th of the original explosives he requested. See more »

Goofs

After shooting the mysterious "machine gunner" at point blank range to end the Teahouse shoot out, the shot Tequila fired leaves a gory glob of blood on his face. However, when Tequila rushes to the side of his fallen partner, Benny in the Teahouse, the blood on Tequila's face appears to be only a small dried smudge on his face even though it's supposed to be just moments after Tequila shot the thug. While Tequila could've wiped his face, there's less kitchen flour on his face and clothes than a moment ago as well. See more »

Quotes

Tequila: You're full of shit, you know that? There's a toilet over there.
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Referenced in The Raid: Redemption (2011) See more »

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Written by Lionel Richie
Sung by Yun-Fat Chow and Teresa Mo
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"Give the guy a gun and he's superman, give him two and he's God."
25 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Chow Yun Fat, toothpick in mouth, a gun in each hand. That's all of the plot you need to know. Hard Boiled was my first John Woo movie and, in my opinion, his best. No other action movie comes close to this. In fact, this is THE best pure action epic ever filmed. Upon viewing it, I immediately fell in love with Woo's style and his star. It's full of the most stylized gunfights ever seen and Chow Yun Fat is the definition of cool. The full blown finale defies description. Someone once called it an action fan's wet dream. There's not much more I can say because actions speak louder than words. So go see the movie.


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