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Hard Boiled
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by Chris Parry

"Hollywood can't hold a bag of shit to this rollercoaster ride."
5 stars

If you don't know John Woo as the director of anything other than Face/Off and Broken Arrow, you'd be excused for thinking the guy's a hack.

Stylish? Sure. Action-packed? Okay. But a hack, all the same.

But what you've missed is some 25 years of Hong Kong action flicks that have brought Woo to the point where he is considered by many to be the ultimate action director.

Hard Boiled (also known as 'Hot-Handed God of Cops', 'Ruthless Super-Cop' and by it's original Cantonese title - 'Lashou Shentan') is the top of the genre. Ultra-violent, jam-packed with action and not unhumorous, it also showcases the wares of Chow Yun-Fat - one of the three biggest names of Asian action film alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

The deal is this. Gangsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. A cop called Tequila (Yun-Fat) is involved at a raid at a teahouse where everything goes awry and his partner is shot dead. Tequila is a super cop, but his boss is a little pissy at his "maverick" ways and blames Tequila for his partner's death.

As two rival gangs battle for superiority in the underworld, they both vie for the services of a tough guy assassin, Tony, a man who Tequila is determined to hunt down, only to find later he's actually an undercover cop. Together these 'enemies' must trust each other and stop the bad guys from blowing up a hospital filled with hostages.

Hard Boiled is packed full of superb camera-work, oodles of cool, some damn fine stunts and a not too over the top storyline. The final half of the movie is one loooooong action sequence that at times makes you want to stop the film, walk out and catch your breath.

I'm no fan of action movies, a genre that Hollywood has forgotten how to do properly (if it ever really knew), but this movie kicks all ass. It's a shame that John Woo, a director who could put 99% of US directors to shame, is now wedged in the studio system of Hollywood and sure to be melded into just another one in the pack of hack, try-hard, 'treat the audience like shit' directors we're usually subjected to.

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originally posted: 09/16/98 20:38:40
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4/13/15 Trev29 hate this movie 1 stars
4/13/15 jokerass lol again 1 stars
4/13/15 jokerass lol 1 stars
2/20/15 Chris Jarmick Wild, over-the-top, innovative action from Woo at his best 4.5 5 stars
8/16/11 chris Die hard, mixed with a cop drama and one dose of Nitro Glycerin. 5 stars
7/08/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess One of the greatist action movies of all time! 5 stars
6/10/09 Janis Good movie. Say no to the dubtitles on the Dragon Dynasty DVD. 5 stars
1/08/09 Tequila If you don't give it 5 stars, you have bad taste and you should feel bad. 5 stars
8/28/08 Charles Tatum A stunner 5 stars
2/26/08 pkr there's something über-cool about this movie... 4 stars
10/05/07 Steel Plow The action NEVER stops! The ONLY "non-stop" action film. The KING of "shoot 'em up" films! 5 stars
6/11/07 al smith the best action movie ever will never be beaten 5 stars
5/25/07 Sugarfoot The pinnacle of Woo and CYF's career. Why oh why did they come to the U.S 5 stars
5/15/07 William Goss Awesome action, but man, that jazz soundtrack... 4 stars
12/13/05 cooler are you crazy.This movie kills all action movies 5 stars
12/05/05 Gene Carmean Interesting.. not great 5 stars
12/05/05 K. Sear A little too over the top for my tastes. 4 stars
11/25/05 CONSTANTINE AWESOME, SO OVER THE TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/16/05 cooler best fuckin action movie ever,puts hollywood to shame 5 stars
5/07/04 the bride Fuckin hell... 5 stars
5/05/04 dead next door oh i love these shootout.AMAZING. 5 stars
4/09/04 Daveman Unbelievably entertaining but not as good as True Colours of A Hero or The Killer. 4 stars
3/28/04 john one wouldn't know that Woo is a great director by watching his American movies 5 stars
7/03/03 Sammy ok i take back what i said because i'm an idiot 5 stars
6/22/03 InDenZ very slick, stylist action with high body count ...yeh 5 stars
6/20/03 Sammy good but not as good as The Killer 4 stars
5/29/03 nice guy eddie Super action sequences!! As long as you can put your brain on hold plotwise, you'll love it 4 stars
5/16/03 mr. Pink Could be Woo's best! The 'baby and the shootout' sceneis one of the best ever in actionfilm 5 stars
6/10/02 RUSSELL It has more on screen deaths then any other movie, god bless John Woo 5 stars
3/17/02 Jennifer A must for those with an IQ in the triple digits. Hint Hint! 5 stars
2/17/02 Clarance geez.... John ass.... a little more plot was needed for my taste 1 stars
1/29/02 Andrew Carden Other The n Yun-Fat-Chow's Performance, The Movie Is A Bland and Unexciting Movie. 3 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 The best action I've ever seen. Woo is a god. 5 stars
11/26/01 David Horton Great Movie. Philip Kwok was Fantastic,thumbs up to you. 5 stars
10/09/01 Jon Slick, gun toting action with style to burn and humour to boot..... 5 stars
9/19/01 DeSeRt RaT UK "Give a guy a gun and he thinks he's superman, give him 2 and he thinks he's god" 5 stars
9/14/01 Jason I watched the movie again and again just to see the all the action again!! 5 stars
8/04/01 Kimble Yeah... Max Payne Movie ;-) 5 stars
7/28/01 Kelly Why have one gun when you can hold two? 5 stars
7/11/01 Boomshanka Everyone shuld see this flick. Fat is phat! 5 stars
6/26/01 Lars Pettersson Fucking great!!! Woo's next best film!!! Cool in every aspect ! 4 stars
5/07/01 Desert Eagle goooood 5 stars
1/23/01 Bruce Just amazing 5 stars
1/12/01 Skip The action/violence is SOOOO repetitive. I became numb to it, but worst of all bored. Sorry 2 stars
1/09/01 Jake With this film Woo proved he is the king of action 5 stars
1/01/01 Dan Orr Pure Madness!!! 5 stars
12/31/00 Msitrab Your head will be spinning at all the action 5 stars
12/29/00 Reverend Krule i so fuckin' love this movie 5 stars
11/23/00 Chris M. I'll never be able to watch a boring American action film again. 5 stars
9/28/00 Michael Grimm so much better than any other action film EVER!!! 5 stars
9/20/00 Jeff for flat-out action, this cannot be topped 5 stars
9/18/00 Greyjack One of the most bad-ass films ever made. 5 stars
9/14/00 PJ Matrix wishes it could have been nearly as brilliant as this Woo masterpiece, ULTRA COOL!!! 5 stars
9/14/00 Tomt Makes THe Matrix and Die Hard look like shit 5 stars
9/03/00 The Bomb 69 unbelievable!!! hollywood should bow to this shit!!! 5 stars
8/27/00 Pastor Angry Shane Z One word: Action. 5 stars
7/21/00 Aaron Best all round movie I've ever seen 5 stars
5/21/00 Cinesuerte A classic 5 stars
5/05/00 Tracy Grund Mindlessly entertaining fun! Hospital sequence rocks! B+ 4 stars
4/12/00 Power and Equality Subtitles sucked but the Movie itself is awesome 5 stars
4/09/00 Bruce An amazing action film the shootouts are just amazing 5 stars
1/09/00 unstrung hmm, not much to say except see this movie now 5 stars
1/07/00 Journeyman 'Not even his later american films can match this movie' ... thats a good one :) 5 stars
12/15/99 MPG YeahBaby!!! 5 stars
11/01/99 Weird Andy Bong Tao! 5 stars
10/09/99 Shishir Yerramilli beautiful,hypnotic,you forget that its violence 5 stars
10/06/99 Tommy Gard Subtitle translations were laughable, but great cartoon-like violence from Master Woo! 4 stars
9/25/99 Michael Grimm no one can do it better 5 stars
9/02/99 Elman shows that John Woo is the best !!! 5 stars
8/26/99 Azimat Action scenes are the GOD OF CLASSIC!!!but story could be better. 4 stars
8/01/99 Obi Wan Off Da Hook...I love John Woo....and if you don't know Woo's "BETTER" Flix...Ask somebody 5 stars
7/26/99 The Bomb 69 Hollywood needs to quit trying and just start watching Asian action flicks 5 stars
7/22/99 PhilmPhreak The best action flick, ever 5 stars
7/04/99 J-Dogg Screw the subtitles--you don't need to know what's going on to love this shit! 5 stars
5/27/99 GothamDK Woo at his best. High body count with high style! 5 stars
5/19/99 Lucas jackson this is one fucking fucking fucking great spectacular film 5 stars
4/26/99 Michael Grimm I had to rewind multiple times to understanfd completely. Unbelievable!! 5 stars
4/19/99 jimmy jam Yun-fat kicks Big fat-ass!!!! 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson Godamn it's HOT! 5 stars
3/20/99 the DUDE The greatest action movie next to Face Off GREAT-I give 9 to it 5 stars
1/26/99 donkey_dew Hard Boiled is THE BEST action movie of all time!!!!!! John Woo is a living legend!!!! 5 stars
1/23/99 Goofaloo This movie kicks all ass. Don't let the subtitles put you off, this is the greatest action. 5 stars
1/12/99 demon_shredder John Woo Kicks All Ass!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/15/98 Binky This film is fucking brilliant in every way. Jet Li is a superhero. 5 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob What an action film SHOULD be. It actually demands thought, to follow all the turns! 5 stars
9/15/98 Johny Makes hollywood action films look like Power Rangers 5 stars
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  05-Apr-1993 (R)
  DVD: 24-Jul-2007



Directed by
  John Woo

Written by
  Barry Wong
  John Woo

  Yun-Fat Chow
  Tony Leung Chiu Wai
  Teresa mo
  Philip Chan
  Philip Kwok
  Anthony Wong

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