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Hard Boiled ()

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

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Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen
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Alan (as Tony Leung)
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Teresa Chang
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Supt. Pang
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Mad Dog (as Kwok Chun-Feng)
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Johnny Wong (as Anthony Wong)
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Mr. Hoi (Guest star) (as Kwan Hoi Sang)
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Foxy (Guest star) (as Tung Wai)
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Ah Lung / Benny
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Lonny (as Johnson Law)
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Lionheart (as Bobby Au Yeung)
Shui-Ting Ng ...
Ah Chung (as Ng Shui-Tung)
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Hospital Director
Wai-Sun Lam ...
Hitman 1
Benny Lam ...
Hitman 2
Kenny Lam ...
Hitman 3
Michael Dingo ...
Jimmy
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Librarian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Shing Choi ...
Gangster
Kei-Yung Ho ...
Johnny's man
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Teahouse gun-man (Guest star)
Anjo Leung ...
Ah Lung's / Benny's son
Bo-Chuen Ng
Wai-Man Tam ...
Gangster
Simon Broad ...
Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen (uncredited) (voice)
Pierre Tremblay ...
Johnny Wong (uncredited) (voice)
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Mr. Woo (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Woo

Written by

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John Woo ... (story)
 
Barry Wong ... (screenplay)
 
Gordon Chan ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Terence Chang ... producer
Amy Chin ... associate producer
Linda Kuk ... producer
Yuet-Chuen Kwok ... supervising producer

Music by

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Michael Gibbs

Cinematography by

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Wing-Hang Wong

Film Editing by

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Ah-Chik ... (as Jack Ah)
Kit-Wai Kai
John Woo
David Wu

Editorial Department

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Chan-Kuen Pang ... assistant editor
Patrick Pang ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Wah-Sang Leung ... (as James Leung)

Costume Design by

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Janet Chun
Bruce Yu

Makeup Department

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Wai-Fong Cheng ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Yuen-Yee Cheng ... assistant production manager
Carly Wong ... assistant production manager
Ken Wu ... production manager (as Chi-Ming Ng)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrick Leung ... second unit director
Sylvia Liu ... second assistant director

Sound Department

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Siu-Lung Ching ... sound effects editor
Max Rose ... sound engineer
Brian Schwegmann ... sound effects
Yu Ting ... dubbing editor: cantonese

Special Effects by

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Bruce Law ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Yuen-Tai Ting ... optical effects

Stunts

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Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... action coordinator (as Philip Kwok)
Bruce Law ... car stunt coordinator / stunt coordinator: fire sequences and body burns
Jackie Yeung ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kim-Kit Wai ... lighting technician

Location Management

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Rosanna Kwok ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Gibbs ... music arranger / music producer
Ole Mathisen ... musician: saxophones
Jim Odgren ... musician: saxophones
Max Rose ... music engineer
Jamshied Sharifi ... music programmer / musician: synthesizers
Benjamin Wittman ... music programmer / musician: synthesizers
James Wong ... composer: additional music
Michael Gibbs ... musician (uncredited) (keyboards)

Script and Continuity Department

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Heung-Yeung Tsim ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Jacqueline Chan ... accountant (as Yee-Jan Chan)
Hon-Keung Ng ... director: thrid unit
Yu Ting ... dialog director: Cantonese

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines As a cop, he has brains, brawn, and an instinct to kill. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La shou shen tan (Hong Kong, Mandarin title)
  • Hard-Boiled (Hong Kong, English title)
  • Hot-Handed God of Cops (Hong Kong, English title)
  • Lat sau san tam (Hong Kong, Cantonese title)
  • 辣手神探 (Hong Kong, Cantonese title)
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  • 128 min
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Budget $4,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia During the filming of the scene in which Tequila is running down the exploding hallway with the baby, John Woo wasn't satisfied that the explosions were big and frightening enough in the scene. According to Woo in his Dragon Dynasty DVD interview, he asked the special effects technicians to reset the explosives and give him the trigger. When Yun-Fat Chow ran down the hall, Woo immediately set the explosives off, nearly incinerating Chow, who barely made it. According to Woo, Yun-Fat Chow exclaimed to the producer afterwards "John's trying to kill me! John's trying to kill me!". When Woo heard Chow screaming, he went up to apologize to Chow and saw that the back of his head and coat were in fact singed from the explosions. Chow was so frightened that he threw his guns down after the take and asked Woo "Are you happy now, you motherfucker?", but then asked "Did it look okay?" See more »
Goofs Throughout the film, characters fire more bullets than their guns would realistically allow without reloading, John Woo actually explained that he does this on purpose because reloading slows down the action scene. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Last Days of the Board (1999). See more »
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Quotes Superintendant Pang: Give a guy a gun, he thinks he's Superman. Give him two and he thinks he's God.
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