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As A Cop, He Has Brains, Brawn, And An Instinct To Kill
A take-no-prisoners cop is on the trail of the triads when his partner is killed during a gun battle. His guilt propels him into an all-out war against the gang, including an up-and-coming soldier in the mob who turns out to be an undercover cop. The two men must come to terms with their allegiance to the force and their loyalty to each other as they try to take down the gangsters.
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…
If I could only watch one movie every day for the rest of my life...
The eighties clearly came late in Hong Kong
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
worth watching if only for the part near the end where the baby pisses on Tequila and puts out a fire
Bit of a tonal shift straight after Andrei Roublev, with a lot less philosophising, a lot more diving through windows firing two pistols, and probably similar number of long takes. Despite a tissue thin plot, and violence that occasionally verges on the self indulgently orgiastic, the chemistry between the protagonists and breathtaking setpieces make this comfortably my favourite John Woo so far.
Hard Boiled is non-stop action for the genre of both cops and gangsters in films. Something that I am big on when it comes to the genre of action films.
Staring Chow Yun-fat as a Hong Kong police officer known as Tequila who is on a case of gun smugglers. After a gun battle that kills his partner and several cops he wants revenge on the gangsters who did this killing them rather then question however his boss Pang played by Phillip Chan orders him off the case. Meanwhile an undercover cop Alan played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai is undercover working for the mastermind and when he crosses paths with Tequila it's a matter of truth as to whether either…
that part towards the beginning when they introduce tony leung and he's driving in a convertible with loud jazz in the background and it does that freeze frame and PowerPoint 2003 transition to the next scene is the best cinema is ever going to get
This was John Woo’s last Chinese film before he starting working in the United States, and he certainly treated it as such. Featuring a near forty-five minute hospital shoot-out scene and about a dozen other action sequences sprinkled through-out it’s two-hour runtime, Hard Boiled doesn’t give you much of a chance to come up for air. Woo’s direction is impressive, the best it’s ever been. There isn’t much of a plot, but Woo knows this would only bog down the enjoyment factor. Chow Yun-Fat is back as a cop itching for revenge against the Triads that murdered his partner in a glorious tea house shoot-out that opens up the picture. This is such a far-fetched film that has absolutely no…
HARDCORE ACTION MOVIE!! Granted, it hasn't aged that well, I could see some audio delay and some fight scenes were hard to comprehend, but that one take shot is worth it all. This is just a fun movie!
I still remember the first time I saw this film, I was 7 years old at the time and I was really impressed with the action scenes, I still revisit this high explosive action spectacle with a very charismatic Chow Yun Fat supported by another brilliant Chinese character actor Tony Leung.
The Hospital Shootout makes every top 10 best action scenes of all time I ever saw.
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