Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
As A Cop, He Has Brains, Brawn, And An Instinct To Kill
John Woo’s Hard Boiled tells the story of jaded detective “Tequila” Yuen (played with controlled fury by Chow Yun-fat). Woo’s dizzying odyssey through the world of Hong Kong Triads, undercover agents, and frenzied police raids culminates unforgettably in the breathless hospital sequence.
The Rouge Cop and the Undercover Cop up against some gangster motherfuckers in John Woo's blueprint on how to make the motherfucker of all motherfuckin' action movies. The Jazz Club. The paperboy. The fuckin' birds at the teahouse. The first time Tequila shoots 2 guns at once. Automatic fuckin' weapons. Staircase ownage. Tequila's toothpick. White as a ghost. A chat with JW. High-tech computers. The last book your fuckin' ass will ever read. Pretty-pretty-oh-so-fuckin'-pretty flowers. Never trust an icky eel. Anthony Wong's hair. Fishin'. The impossible question: Who's a badder badass motherfucker; Mad Dog from Hard Boiled or Mad Dog from The Raid? Motorcycle madness. A grand fuckin' entrance. A Zippo. Paper cranes. Fun on a boat. Fuckin' Foxy. Mad…
An absolutely ballistic, no-holds-barred, over-the-top yet purely unadulterated action extravaganza to come out from Hong Kong during the the early 90s, Hard Boiled takes action in cinema to a whole new level with its heart-pounding & jaw-dropping sequences and cements John Woo's reputation as the most influential director when it comes to action filmmaking.
The story of Hard Boiled concerns two ace cops; one is a tough-as-nails detective in his department while the other one is working as an undercover agent & has risen sharply in the underworld over the years. The plot covers their initial friction with each other followed by a mutual partnership as the two eventually team up to take down & wipe out Hong Kong's most ruthless mobster & his…
If you read the script of Hard Boiled, you will probably be disappointed as it might sound like a complete action turd, but seeing John Woo giving life to his own screenplay is like a religious experience, it's as if Mr. God had created him specifically to create his own action movies.
This is a film that shows how good John Woo was in his own golden age - before he decided to create films only to increase his bank account -, when he was able to turn average melodramatic stories into purely 'artistic works', when his mediocre fatalist storylines did not interfere with the shootings, when the stylized violence was always at the service of the story itself.
From the opening scene of the rain covered, neon lit streets of the city, superimposed over Chow Yun-Fat sweating, drinking a slammer and playing clarinet in a dark jazz club, we can see that this film matches its title perfectly. This is a Hard-Boiled police story in the grand tradition of Harry Callaghan, Popeye Doyle and Frank Bullitt. Everything is black and white, the hero does what needs to be done to save the day and the brass at City Hall don't like it they can swivel. In fact Chow Yun-Fat's character, Tequila Yuen, seems to contain every cop cliché there is: matchstick chewing renegade cop, putting himself in the mind of the killer, eating around dead bodies. That's okay…
Film #24 of Project 90
”Birthdays aren't important when you don't have a real identity.”
Action. No child play. No CGI. Pure, classic and true action. That’s what you’ll find in John Woo’s Hard Boiled. Add the glamorous look of neon lights, the craziness of Hong Kong mafia and the incredible power of jazz to the perfectly choreographed action scenes and then you’ll have a film which will push your adrenaline glands to the limits. John Woo is a master when it comes to creating poetic and aesthetically wonderful action scenes, just look at the way characters are moving around, the way camera follows them, the way bullets rip through the air, the way they ruin everything and most importantly…
Following several pictures focusing on the gangster side of crime and it's glamorisation, Hong Kong action supremo John Woo wanted Hard Boiled to be a story about cops, the other side of the fence, and sought to create a Chinese character comparable to the moody, intense yet charismatic Dirty Harry-esque characters portrayed in Hollywood by such luminaries as Clint Eastwood & Steve McQueen. He achieves that neatly in Chow Yun-Fat's indomitable Inspector 'Tequila' Yuen, creating almost instantly in him an action star who deserves to sit on a par with any number of Bullitt's or John McClane's - the tough, intense yet louche centre of an, indeed, hard boiled action spectacular which doubles as a meditation on being a lawman at…
Day 130 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 19: Year of the Monkey
John Woo's final Hong Kong film before heading to Hollywood, Hard Boiled is a stylish, exhilarating, outrageous film of exaggerated proportions. Everything on show is wildly over the top in the very best of ways. There's no reason and only the barest hints of logic but, in our era of gritty action, looking back at Hard Boiled is refreshingly fun.
Officer "Tequila" Yuen (Chow Yun-fat) is leading a stake out at a teahouse where an arms deal is taking place. With his partner Benny (Bowie Lam) and a number of other disguised cops, the arrest quickly turns into a no-holds-barred shootout. With Benny…
Week #19 of The Letterboxd Season Challenge: Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head Week
Great over-the-top action and cheesy John Woo moments.
Oddly enough, the only dove in the movie is painted on a poster.
how much I like it (50): 44
how good it is (50): 44
overall (100): 88
Watched the dub this time, just for fun. God dubs are so bad, but hilarious.
My favorite line in the dub is "BULLSHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!".
why did no one tell me about this before now?
Throw logic right the fuck out the window and strap yourself in for a god damn bullet ballet from the greatest action director ever. A must see for anyone who enjoys action and carnage, the final thirty minutes or so is some of the craziest dumb fun you can have legally.
It's hard to believe that I'm nineteen weeks into this challenge, but there you go. For Week 19 of the Letterboxd Challenge, Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head week, I watched the John Woo classic Hard Boiled. This was my first exposure to the Hong Kong action style, though I had heard of the style and knew at least some of what to expect.
Hard Boiled is a pretty good film. It stars the famous Chinese movie star Chow Yun-Fat who's fame I've never really understood until I saw a movie where he actually got to act. Chow is completely natural in his role of jaded police officer Tequila. Just what led to Woo to naming a police…
Pure ham and cheese mixed with truly kinetic action setpieces. Jazzy and filled with plot/bullet holes.
On the plus side, I suppose I liked it better than The Killer. On the negative side, it's a cliche-riddled snooze fest. Criterion made some weird choices in the early days. Allowing two dumb and dull action movies in their first ten DVDs just might take the cake
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