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Hard Boiled ( Lat sau san taam ) (1993) Movie Information

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Action, Crime





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John Woo


Yun-Fat Chow
Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Teresa Mo
Philip Chan
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang
Hoi-Shan Kwan





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As the mob smuggles guns into China, a daring raid leaves an ace detective without his partner. While the smugglers fight internally over territory, the detective works with an insider to bring down the entire operation. -- Chris Kavan

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Daniel Corleone 03/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Tony (Tony Leung) is an undercover cop while Officer "Tequila" Yuen (Chow Yun-Fat) is a competent cop. It was baffling how the book with the gun was found swiftly and Inspector Yuen doesn’t seem to run out of bullets. The picture was excessive in terms of explosions, bullets and violence. Not sure why the main antagonist had to include innocent patients and the slow motion's were a bit too much. If only it were more stylish as the director’s other films, the screenplay was not impressive and some scenes are just hard to swallow such as the “babies” scene. Performances from Leung and Fat were solid. Hard Boiled are definitely for hardcore action fanatics who enjoy old fashioned shootouts and undercover police work.

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mitchellyoung 08/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Most of the movie is one long action sequence, but it reveals John Woo at his finest as an action director. The shootout scenes are brutal, creatively shot, and feature iconic frames and stunts that are still copied by action films today. A film that thrives on pure adrenaline.

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TheManWithNoName 08/22/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The shootout maybe a little unrealistic, but when it's this stylish who cares? This is one of the best action movies ever made.

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GJ81 04/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Does Hard Boiled live up to the hype? Is it the best action movie ever made?. Hmm yes and no. Their are perhaps 3 or 4 action sequences in the whole film, but they do last a very long time. Not all are succesful but the majority of each sequence is pretty spectacular. But like i said, they go on far too long. The story around them is strong and interesting but the balance between the two is uneven, especially towards the finish. Yes, its a very good action film, one that has inspired hundreds i'm sure, but Die Hard, and Terminator 2 (which owes a lot to Hard Boiled) are still the best of the genre.

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03/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Hard Boiled" by Yojimbo

A renegade cop teams up with an undercover agent to bring down a gun runner with a massive arms cache hidden in a local hospital. John Woo is pretty useless when it comes to anything but action, so it comes as little surprise that his best film by far includes very little else. And action it has in spades! The now familiar tough guy cop clad in sunglasses and duster coat, leaping through the air in slow motion, twin pistols blazing has now passed into cliche, but Woo invented it. Woo's artistic take on action influenced everyone from James Cameron to the Wachowski brothers and Robert Rodriguez would probably be gainfully employed behind the counter of the nearest Taco Bell without this film. The action is non-stop and absurdly over the top, and if it weren't it wouldn't have worked half a...

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02/02/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Some editing would have helped.

The movie starts out showing promise with a couple of wicked action scenes in a restaurant and warehouse. But the last half of the movie completely wasted this with a really long and rather boring hospital shootout. I was left looking at the time wondering when it was all going to end. I love action movies so it surprised me that there was such a thing as too much action, but there is only so much shooting of faceless and endless henchmen I could take. Chow Yun-Fat was pretty much the same guy he is in all his Asian cinema movies which isn't a bad thing. Tony Leung was solid as usual even though he doesn't have much meat in the part as some of his more serious roles. Overall I expected to like this movie much more but the endless shootout really turned me off.

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