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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…
This film truly exemplifies "go hard or go home"....... I thought the first 11 minutes was spectacular (in fact it's the most spectacular first 11 minutes of any film I've watched ever) but as I found out, that was literally just the start of it all. The shootouts were beautifully choreographed and shot, though I was frankly quite stunned at the scale of hyper-violence at times, especially towards the end.
Young Chow Yun-Fat is a godsend!!!! I can't think of anyone who could pull off a badass-cop vibe and a let-me-rap-to-a-baby vibe as the same character. I didn't realise that Tony Leung was in this film until halfway though (forgive me...... I've only watched one of his films before this!!!)…
This reminds me distinctly of the movies I used to watch during the late night AM in high school. Loads of fun until the pacing and silly Woo-ing slows everything way down.
Woo's story is not as sublime as it was in The Killer, but it still stands as one of the most important action movies from world cinema. The coordinated excess is amazing to watch. Not even a hint of irony when the "hard boiled" cop wipes blood from the babys head while singing lullaby's. There were no doves, but it did have babies -- it evens out.
Before The Raid, there was Hard Boiled with a spectaculair great long take.
This is heavily stylized, but thankfully it does not take away from the plot or the action but rather enhances it
John Woo is the man. He is the God of action filmmaking and Hard Boiled is the holy bible of action filmmaking.
Inspirational and diligently homaged left and right, this is the peak of 90s action cinema and one of the greatest action films of all time. The story lacks at some points but the good outweighs the bad. It's a kick ass, no holds barred, gritty, and a masterpiece of shootouts and gunplay.
This is the reason why action films are what they are today. You cannot deny how gorgeous and stunning this film truly is. If you couldn't tell I have a hard on for John Woo and this film is his baby. This also has one of the best Hong Kong saxophone soundtracks to ever be released.
This is the greatest movie of all time, by far
"Give a guy a gun, he thinks he's Superman. Give him two and he thinks he's God.”
Chow Yun-Fat stars as Inspector “Tequila” Yuen, a tough-as-nails cop in a hell-bent on bringing down the gun smugglers responsible for his partner’s death. He teams up with an undercover cop.
In 2007, a video game sequel titled Stranglehold was released, which is in the process of being made into a film.
A landmark in film history. With Hard Boiled, John Woo shows himself to be the best director of contemporary action films anywhere. This movie is incredible, it raises shootouts to an art form with some of the most celebrated action sequences ever: a close-quarters teahouse shootout and a firefight through the…
90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.