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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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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the script was radically rewritten a week before shooting began. The original plot involved a man poisoning bottles of baby formula (hence the hospital locales in the entire second half), but director John Woo found the idea repugnant and decided to jettison it. 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: Should I salute you?
Alan: You've got the gun. I'll go and milk a cow if you want.
Tequila: Sorry, I don't drink milk
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Alternate Versions

The Chinese censors requested cuts to the scene where Tequila is graphically shooting thugs in the hospital when he is holding the baby. See more »

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Written by Lionel Richie
Sung by Yun-Fat Chow and Teresa Mo
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AWESOME
1 August 2001 | by zdz8888See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. No movie has ever had this level of stylishly directed action, NOT EVEN CLOSE. This movie has the 3 best action sequences in the history of cinema, PERIOD.

The story is about a cop named Tequila who, at the beginning of the film, loses his good friend and fellow cop, in a teahouse shoot-out. He goes against all orders in trying to bring down the Triad that caused his friends death. In doing so, he inadvertantly finds out that there is an undercover cop, Tony, in the Triad he is trying to bring down, and eventually teams up with him.

This isn't your standard buddy cop fair like Lethal Weapon with tons of cheesey lines, dorky action and sappy side stories. The dialogue is insightful the action is the best ever and the side stories are well thought out, if a bit abbreviated (due to lack of time to shoot John Woo admits).

Tequila is trying to deal with a failed relationship and the death of his partner, Tony is torn against blowing his cover and defending his honor and the Lieutenant insists on playing it by the book even though it isn't fair.

John Woo said he made this film in honor of the men and women of the Hong Kong police force and the good work they do. He wanted to make a movie about the good guys winning. What he has done is made one of the most pivitol action films ever made, influencing every action movie since.


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