Director: John Woo
Producer: Terence Chang
Written by: John Woo
Screenplay by:Barry Wong
Film Editor: David Wu,Kat Kit Wai and John Woo
Action Co-ordinator:Cheng Jue-Luh
Associate Producer:Amy Chin
Music by:Michael Gibbs
Director of Photography:Wong Wing-Hang
Production Designer:James Leung
A fan favorite,Hard Boiled cements John Woo status as the best
action film director in the world. Although not as moving or emotional
as the director's previous works,Hard Boiled is celebrated
mainly for its' actions sequences. For sheer action, nothing comes
close to Hard Boiled, as the film captures some of the most
breath-taking and intense action sequences. Written and directed by
Woo in 1992,Hard Boiled was John Woo's swan-song to Hong Kong
as well as his most recent film with
Chow Yun Fat.
Chow Yun Fat
plays Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, a hot-headed cop who
decided to take matters into his own hands after his partner is
brutally killed in a shoot-out.
He teams up with undercover cop Tony
to take on the evil arms baron
Johnny Wong (Anthony Wong),resulting in cinema's most exciting action sequence when
the two raid the arms factory located in the basement of a hospital.
Hard Boiled may not be my favourite John Woo film or runner-up,
but it's certainly a favourite among many other fans.
It's easy to see why Hard Boiled is so celebrated as it has
some of the most breath-taking action sequences that no other action
film could rival. Right from the start, director John Woo takes you
through two hours of mayhem and carnage, climaxing in the much-talked
about hospital sequence.
If A Better Tomorrow carries a message for Hong Kong's youth,
Hard Boiled is clearly an inspirational for Hong Kong police.
The character Tequila Yuen, modelled after Hollywood screen icon Dirty
Harry is an exceptional policeman, willing to put his life on the line
of duty .
Despite being an action film on the surface,Hard Boiled is one
film that raises a lot of questions on humanity especially with the
Tony is an undercover cop who realises his moral values is slowly fading
as he slips deeper into the underworld. Wonderfully displayed before
the warehouse shoot-out, Tony is forced to shoot his own boss to
please arms dealer Johnny Wong. Actor Tony Leung shines in this dark
moment where he shoots the boss and laughs but you could clearly see
pain in his eyes.
Johnny's henchman Mad Dog is also an interesting character as he
believes that there are certain lines one shouldn't across. Raged by
Johnny's reckless killing, Mad Dog tried to stop him from killing the
innocent but ends up dying instead.
Hard Boiled truly stands out as one of the best action picture
of all-time and one film which no John Woo fan should miss.
[A Better Tomorrow]
[A Better Tomorrow II]
[Bullet In The Head]
[Once A Thief]
[Once A Thief TV Pilot]
[The Replacement Killers]
[The Big Hit]
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