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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
... 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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The Most Action-Packed Film of Alltime. 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)  »

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Hard Boiled  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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John Woo was nicknamed "Old Headmaster" by the young crew because of his stern manner during filming. See more »

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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: Have you got a cop called Vodka?
Superintendant Pang: He's called Tequila. He's a tough cop.
Alan: I don't care who he is, tell him to back off. He'll ruin everything. Do you want to go to another funeral!
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References Mad Max (1979) See more »

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Hello
Written by Lionel Richie
Sung by Yun-Fat Chow and Teresa Mo
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Brilliant
7 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Hey!" Chow Yun Fat says, covering a baby's eyes. "X-Rated action!" He's not wrong: Hard Boiled is a film clearly not afraid to embrace its genre's excesses. While most modern action films (Smokin' Aces for one) aspire to some sort of grand intelligence while providing shoot-outs and explosions, this film is a reminder of times when action films suffered no such pretensions.

Crowds of people are gunned down without explanation and the smallest things explode for little or no reason. The bad guys are massively exaggerated cutthroat caricatures and the good guys never miss. Scenes of Fat and Leung running down corridors are inexplicably shot in slow motion. And, for all of these reasons, it is amazing. It's fast, it's exciting, and it never lets up.

Hard Boiled is loud, exciting, and, thanks to quite terrible dubbing and a ludicrous early 90's soundtrack, often unintentionally hilarious. It is a film that places entertainment firmly ahead of plausibility and logic, and is quite frankly awesome for it.


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