This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
There's really no point in rating a film like this because John Woo doesn't give a shit about you or your stars.
"You saved the day there, you little pisspot."
BOOOOOM BAAAAAM BOOM PENG PENG BOOM BAM BAM BOOOOOOM PENG SBAAMM BOOOOOOM
The first half is pretty standard-fare action, with somewhat repetitive gunfights. It really ramps up in the second half, getting a lot more creative with the situations and choreography. I wish there was more to the story, but the action alone is worthwhile.
June Scavenger Hunt 15 | Film #7 | Task #25 - A film with a slow motion scene
"Why the need for so much gruesome, graphic violence? Why not let us imagine a little b-"
"BECAUSE IT'S SO MUCH FUN JAN"
YES YES YES YES YES. This movie is so much damn fun! Did it have problems? Of course. But fuck it! Whatever shortcomings it may have is more than made up for with the sheer amount of enjoyment I got out of watching it. This movie is cool, and it knows it. It's funny, it's stylish, it's crazy over the top, no one ever runs out of bullets, and it has some of the best action sequences ever committed to film. It also has enough explosions to make Michael Bay orgasm. This is a GREAT action movie and I HIGHLY recommend it.
Also, props to whoever knows where that quote is from.
Why did I watch this after what happened in Orlando? So many people die in this…it wasn’t worth the anguish, even though some moments are admittedly invigorating. I think most people have a subjective line they draw in their minds as far as how much film violence can be tolerated before it goes too far. Hard Boiled crossed that line for me.
tony leung is the most beautiful man alive
Film #15 of my June Jubilee Scavenger Hunt
Task #25 - A film with a slow motion scene
The baby pissed the flames away. The fucking baby pissed the flames away. Hands down the best use of a baby in cinema history.
Being about 12, i remember my best friend showing me this movie that his brother had recommended to me. We skipped through the movie, and by some freak accident, every single spot we landed on while skipping through it, was bare dialogue. So we decided to never watch it, and instead rewatched Wanted (2008) for like the 15th time. Ignorance is bliss i guess.
Which brings me to today, 8 years later, when i finally watched perhaps the…
"You're full of shit, you know that? There's a toilet over there."
I love Chow Yun-Fat, I don't know why I haven't watched more of his films, but I'm sure I'm going to rectify that over the next few weeks.
Hard Boiled was super fun, lots of shoot-ups, lots of explosions, some really great one liners and I definitely feel like this is one of those films that I could see myself rewatching many times!
Tequila was super lovable in his hard-ass, won't listen to anyone way and I really loved Alan too, took me a while to realise he was the guy from In the Mood For Love.
My favourite part was definitely the one-shot scene and my expert adviser tells me that they literally did it in one take, because budget wouldn't allow for any mistakes, so that makes it even more awesome!!!
Looking forward to seeing more John Woo :-)
Movies that are slightly off.
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…