Hard Boiled

April 16th, 1992


Hard Boiled

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A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7.9/10 (23,161 voted)

Director: John Woo

Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Teresa Mo

Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly.

Writers: John Woo, Barry Wong

Yun-Fat Chow - Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen
Tony Leung Chiu Wai - Tony (as Tony Leung)
Teresa Mo - Teresa Chang
Philip Chan - Supt. Pang
Philip Kwok - Mad Dog (as Cheng Jue-Luh)
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang - Johnny Wong (as Anthony Wong)
Hoi-Shan Kwan - Mr. Hoi (as Kwan Hoi Sang)
Wei Tung - Foxy (as Tung Wai)
Bowie Lam - Ah Lung
Meng Lo - Lonny (as Johnson Law)
Bobbie Au-Yeung - Lionheart (as Bobby Au Yeung)
Shui Ting Ng - Ah Chung (as Ng Shui-Tung)
Kong Lau - Hospital Director
Wai-Sun Lam - Hitman 1
Benny Lam - Hitman 2

Taglines: More exciting than a dozen Die hards

Release Date: 16 April 1992

Filming Locations: Hong Kong, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross: HKD 19,711,048 (Hong Kong) (1992)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (cut version)  | Taiwan:

Did You Know?

According to the commentator on the Dragon Dynasty DVD, many of Johnny Wong's underlings in the hospital shoot out were stunt men who had all worked on kung-fu movies for the famous Shaw Brothers studio.

Revealing mistakes: When Tequila empties the shell casings from his revolver after the warehouse shootout, the shell casings are blank shell casings, not real bullet shell casings.

Tequila: Should I salute you?
Alan: You've got the gun. I'll go and milk a cow if you want.
Tequila: Sorry, I don't drink milk

User Review

"Give the guy a gun and he's superman, give him two and he's God."

Rating: 10/10

Chow Yun Fat, toothpick in mouth, a gun in each hand. That's all of the plot you need to know. Hard Boiled was my first John Woo movie and, in my opinion, his best. No other action movie comes close to this. In fact, this is THE best pure action epic ever filmed. Upon viewing it, I immediately fell in love with Woo's style and his star. It's full of the most stylized gunfights ever seen and Chow Yun Fat is the definition of cool. The full blown finale defies description. Someone once called it an action fan's wet dream. There's not much more I can say because actions speak louder than words. So go see the movie.


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