Chow Yun-Fat does his famous slide down the staircase

"An action fan's dream... takes viewers straight through the roof and out of this world" -- New York Daily News
"A blast 'em blow-out" -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Blows away most action films of recent memory" -- Hollywood Reporter

Winner of the 1993 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Editing

Manadrin title: Lashou Shentan (Ruthless Supercop or Hot-headed Supercop)

Golden Princess, 1992, 122 min.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Chow Yun-Fat ("Yuen/Tequila"), Tony Leung Chiu-Wai ("Tony"), Anthony Wong ("Johnny Wong"), Philip Kwok ("Mad Dog"), John Woo (cameo as jazz bar owner)
Action director: Philip Kwok Producers: Linda Kuk and Terence Chang
Original story: John Woo
Screenplay: Barry Wong
Cinematographer: Wong Wing-Heng
Editors: John Woo, David Wu and Kai Kit-Wai

Available on video (widescreen/subtitled or full frame/dubbed) from Fox Lorber

Available on US DVD from Criterion and Dragon Dynasty - reviews for both can be found here

Tony Leung under the gun

"Give a man a gun and he thinks he's Superman. Give him two and he thinks he's God."

Inspector Yuen is a cop so hot-headed that his buddies call him "Tequila." When he goes overboard in his pursuit of arms dealer Johnny Wong, his boss pulls him off the case -- but Tequila isn't one to take "no" for an answer. He decides to take on Johnny by himself, unaware that Johnny's newest recruit, Tony, is actually an undercover cop. As Tequila and Tony both draw closer to getting rid of Wong, they must put aside their differences and join forces before Johnny massacres a hospital full of innocent patients.

While many have criticised Hard-Boiled for being too "Hollywood," it nonetheless remains an amazing film. Even though the story doesn't have the depth of something like The Killer, the story _is_ better than most action films and top-notch performances from Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung help place Hard-Boiled a step above most other action films. And speaking of action, the film's gunfight sequences are breath-taking. The first gunfight (which occurs about five minutes into the movie) is better than many finales, and the final showdown in a hospital (which lasts for over a half an hour) is probably the best gunfight ever filmed.


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