For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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'll probably get 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.
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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Just diggin my WOO-hoo bullet spray ballet! You definitely get more BANG for your bucks with this Hardcore Thriller! I do believe the amount of ammo used in this film was enough to supply an entire army for a full-scale war!
Especially touched by the coochie coo moment with the baby! And when he said "You saved the day you little Piss-Pot I swear I was so taken aback by it you could of knocked me over with a feather! One arm cradling the baby the other shooting it out with the bad guys!
Two of my favorite stars Yun-Fat Chow and Anthony Wong were not only brilliant in this film they were so young!
John Woo showcases all his action credentials with a torrent of bullet hails, ludicrous stunts and innocent slaughters. Massive action set pieces are combined with a simple standard Bad Cop / undercover cop / gang war storyline. To enjoy this it is best you don't take too seriously.
Hard Boiled è uno di quei pochi film che cambiano i metri di paragone. Una meravigliosa orgia di proiettili sangue e esplosioni #bollitoduro
Hardly any plot (see what I did there) but, it's really cool.
[...] Wovon HARD BOILED konkret handelt, ist eigentlich völlig egal, denn ich wiederhole nochmal: DAS ist Actionkino – wie wuchtige Schießereien in Perfektion funktionieren können, wurde hier für die Ewigkeit definiert. Unmengen an Komparsen zücken die Waffen, überall ist Bewegung, die immer wieder von Slowmotions und Close-Ups gebrochen wird, am Set krachen echte Explosionen, Stuntleute schmeißen sich von Gerüsten auf ineinander krachende Autos. Das volle Programm, mal wütend geschnitten, dann wieder in Form von legendären endlos-Longshots durch enge Krankenhaus-Gänge . und trotz aller Überladung schafft Woo es immer den notwendigen Überblick zu behalten, nie verliert man die Orientierung im wüsten Chaos der regelmäßigen Showdowns.
In Zeiten des animierten Kunstbluts, der Greenscreen-Kulissen und des Wackelcam-Schnittwahns, ist es die pure Freude sich…
The Early 90's remains one of the most exciting time for action movies in my lifetime and John Woo is 99% the reason for that. Nobody does an action set piece like Woo.
30 Countries in 28 Days: 12/30
China, East Asia.
The easiest way to describe this movie is that it's John Woo's attempt at a Dirty Harry character filtered through Hong Kong and his own extravagant style. Tequila Yuen is a clarinet playing officer who goes deep into the criminal underworld, shooting dozens of people, and after he loses his partner in a gun fight he enters a shady undercover world and has to figure out who to trust. If that sounds boilerplate for this genre, I'd counter that Woo's skills and vision sell the concept: turning the gun-fight into a symphony.
For a better understanding of what differentiates John Woo from everyone else, I've broken down the first part of…
For a movie with so much "X-rated action", it's the many tender moments (cotton in babies ears) that makes Hard Boiled so goddamn awesome. The opening shootout would be the climax to any ordinary film.
Woo is amazing at moving his camera and capturing split second information - and much of the time his most impressive work isn't in the bouts of gunfire. It's conveying Tequila's character tics and environment rapidly and with an investigative eye. Also pretty sure this is one of the most violent movies I've ever seen.
Chow Yun-Fat speelt de keiharde politieman Tequila naast Tony (Leung) als undercover-agent in deze Hong Kong actiekneiter van John Woo. De twee slaan de handen ineen om een machtige bende van wapensmokkelaars op te rollen.
Hard Boiled is een Hong Kong actiefilm in de overtreffende trap, met flink lange en knap gecoördineerde vecht- en schietscènes. Het meest opvallend is uiteraard de laatste matpartij in een ziekenhuis waarbij alles aan gort geschoten wordt (en waarbij een plassende baby wordt gebruikt om het vuur op de broek van Tequila te doven).
Het laatste halfuur is flink over de top, maar ook in de rest van de film wordt actie niet geschuwd. In elke schietscène is het een puinhoop op de sets, wat…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
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Number I've Seen: 189/764 (25%)