A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
As A Cop, He Has Brains, Brawn, And An Instinct To Kill
A take-no-prisoners cop is on the trail of the triad, the Hong Kong Mafia, 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…
Everything I dreamed and more. Completely insane and all the better for it. Probably the best directed action film I've ever seen.
Holy hell, was that awesome. This has to be one of the best action movies ever made. With a riveting story, great characters, good writing and some of the best action scenes ever filmed. If you haven't seen this film, YOU NEED TO!!!! Here's the Youtube link to it
www.youtube.com/watch?v=crY_HlF5z9w Watch this and The Killer( The Killer is on Netflix). John Woo is becoming one of my favorite directors very fast.
Woo, at least here, has a very dreamy style: everything is almost always shrouded in mist or soft focus; the frame is constantly on the move, cutting, panning, or tracking around; freeze frames; with frequent dissolving montages of close-ups. It's a striking one, though like many directorial styles with the switch constantly switched on, can become dulling, especially in conjunction with the cut-and-dry story of Hard Boiled. But there's enough to prevent that from becoming an overriding problem: Woo shows off some impressive flourishes of skill (like staging in depth, some advanced blocking, showy tracking shots), occasionally the elaborate style effectively meshes with outsized emotions (Alan's killing of Uncle Hoi is surprisingly poignant), and there, of course, the action scenes.…
At first there was something unsatisfying about John Woo’s Hard Boiled but any doubt that I had about not liking the movie completely fades when the film reaches a particular setpiece that I will not spoil for those yet to see it. It changes the film on its head, manages to reinvent and redefine the possibilities of action filmmaking (similar to something like Mad Max: Fury Road) where the setpiece is dragged and stretched to the nth degree, and just as effective if not more so.
Hard Boiled is constantly hailed as a modern action classic and its action is regarded as some of the finest. The particular setpiece that I referred to is proof why the movie has a…
Woo's final Hong Kong film shouldn't work. Its plot is somehow both paper-thin and wildly incoherent with characters now leaning into the Western stereotypes Woo once was inspired by subverted for his own films. By this point Hollywood action and MTV were starting to bleed into Woo's aesthetics. There are several stretches of the film that feel like they belong in the montage of lesser pop videos of the late 80s.
Inverting The Killer's double act of cop and killer with Yun-Fat now in the policeman role. Giving a more physical performance Yun-Fat's brashness often feels like parody - there's none of the nobility his earlier signature role had here. At times feeling like a parody of the Hollywood roles…
John Woo's other masterpiece?
How the heck did Hollywood screw up John Woo so badly? This is an action classic, an off-the-shelf Hong Kong cop thriller lifted to greatness by an ever-escalating series of balletic gunplay, pulled off with astounding confidence and complete technical mastery. Chow-Yun Fat pulls off the final shootout with a baby hanging off him, that's how epic this one is.
*picks jaw up off the floor*
*cleans up massive amount of cum off the couch*
* encases DVD in golden amber*
* puts it on pedestal *
Insane and over the top, but great fun.
Gunfights and explosions like never before.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…