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Full Contact (1992)

Xia dao Gao Fei (original title)
Two disreputable friends get tied in with a group of criminals who turn out to be excessively violent and deceptive.

Director:

Ringo Lam

Writer:

Yin Nam
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Credited cast:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Gou Fei (as Yun Fat Chow)
Simon Yam ... Judge
Ann Bridgewater ... Mona
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Sam Sei (as Anthony Wong)
Bonnie Fu ... Lau Ngang
Kin-sang Lee ... Chung (as Kin Sang Lee)
Frankie Chi-Leung Chan ... Psycho (as Frankie Chin)
Yin Nam Yin Nam
Victor Hon Victor Hon ... Kau (as Kwan Hon)
Hung Chun
Lai-Wah Wei Lai-Wah Wei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chun Hung Cheung Chun Hung Cheung
Wing-Cheung Cheung Wing-Cheung Cheung
Foo-Keung Kong ... (as Fu-Keung Kong)
Douglas Kung Douglas Kung ... (as Cheung-Tak Hung)
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In an effort to get his buddy out of a gambling debt, Jeff agrees to join forces with Judge in a weapons heist. The job goes bad and Judge betrays Jeff. Jeff plots the ultimate revenge on Judge and his followers and it is a question of whether he can follow through with his plan. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Betrayed. Double-Crossed. Left for Dead. See more »


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Trivia

The first song in the trailer is Get the Funk Out by the US band Extreme. See more »

Goofs

During the nightclub shootout, Jeff's gun changes between a 9mm Beretta to a Smith & Wesson .45ACP and back again between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chung: [Jeff gets into a fight with Hoodlum, the Thailand crime boss and after escaping Hoodlum's thugs, the group tries to consider what their options are] We've had it! That bastard runs the whole damn city! There's no other choice, we've gotta kill him.
Jeff: And what good's that? Can't kill his whole gang.
Mona: [to Sam] Do you think you could offer him more interest on the $40,000?
Sam: That won't work. It's our lives he wants not money.
Chung: Are you crazy? Think he'd refuse money?
Jeff: Money? He's got loads. I made him lose face!
Sam: [...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK "Hong Kong Legends" DVD features the film fully uncut, as well as with an edited (subdued) music track as director Ringo Lam originally intended. The English dub doesn't have the subdued music track. See more »

Connections

References The Killer (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Bring the Noise
by Public Enemy
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A hungry, nasty roller-coaster of an action film...
11 January 1999 | by Mike H.See all my reviews

I just can't say enough about Full Contact...the film is your typical Hong Kong revenge play, set against a backdrop of low-rent gangsters and seedy relationships. But it's the little things that really set this film apart: Ringo Lam is one of the few HK directors who has a decent grasp on how to use music in his films, not being as obsessed with Canto-pop inanities as his contemporaries; the body count is much lower than the typical bullets-n-bloodshed HK gangster film, thus giving each action scene an edge above other movies that end up reducing the impact of each death by trivializing them; Simon Yam's "viper queen" is a truly...different...kind of villain, one who makes you laugh while you're hoping he dies; the bit characters are better realized...I could go on and on.

In short, Full Contact is a real shock to the action fan's system: it has a visceral quality that so many action movies try for and miss. Ringo Lam's work is not for everybody, but if you're looking for the true edge of HK cinema (keep in mind that movie-goers in Honk Kong didn't like this film, as it was considered TOO dark and nasty by an audience used to this sort of thing, and not a soft, Western audience), here it is. Full Contact is the perfect English title for this brutal trip.


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Country:

Hong Kong | Thailand

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

23 July 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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