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Big Heat [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Waise Lee , Joey Wang , Hark Tsui , Johnnie To    DVD
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  • Actors: Waise Lee, Joey Wang, Matthew Wong, Philip Kwok, King Wah Lo
  • Directors: Hark Tsui, Johnnie To, Yeung-Wah Kam
  • Writers: Gordon Chan
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, Bak-Ming Wong, Doris Tse, Kam-Hung Yip
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004YS9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,849 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Boiled. 11 Dec 2009
Fans of new Hong Kong triad fare like 'Election', and 'Infernal Affairs' etc, should check this nasty little number out. From the lean mean low budget Hong Kong cinema of the late 80s, 'The Big Heat' is an underrated little gem. The DVD on sale here is the full uncut version (A VCD was released a while back quite heavily cut down), that features quite an eye popping range of gory shootings, stabbings and hands being drilled with power tools.
The film is very well paced, mixing quite intense moments of tragedy with the nicely rough and ready action scenes. Some familiar faces associated with John Woo's golden age appear here, Waise Lee from 'Bullet in the Head' and Kwok Choi from 'Hard Boiled' etc. Outside of 'Full Contact', 'The Longest Nite' and the Woo classics, this is one of the best 'Heroic Bloodshed' films out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Violent hard-edged police thriller from Hong Kong 15 May 2001
By Brian Camp - Published on
THE BIG HEAT (1988) is a fast-paced, gritty, down-and-dirty crime thriller shot in the streets and urban spaces of Hong Kong as it follows a group of cops in a life-or-death struggle with a gang of thugs employed by a corrupt businessman doing some high-level smuggling. Every scene is pitched around a confrontation that leads in every case to a shootout, car chase, foot chase, explosion or attempted assassination. Although none of the action scenes boasts the spectacle of a John Woo thriller (HARD-BOILED, THE KILLER), the action is consistently exciting, well-crafted, suspenseful and, up until the final showdown, fairly believable. One superb setpiece involves a face-off between the cops and an assassin in a hospital elevator shaft that serves as a model of how to stage action scenes in tight spaces.
The film was co-directed by Andrew Kam and Johnny To and produced by Tsui Hark. It was part of a wave of top-ranked HK urban thrillers led by Woo's A BETTER TOMORROW (also produced by Hark) and Ringo Lam's CITY ON FIRE. The cast of THE BIG HEAT includes Waise Lee (A BULLET IN THE HEAD), Joey Wong (A CHINESE GHOST STORY), Chu Kong (THE KILLER) and, in an ingenious bit of casting, Philip Kwok, formerly one of Shaw Bros.' FIVE DEADLY VENOMS, who, in the interest of greater realism here, refrains from kung fu, but does his share of shooting, punching, running, leaping, and driving at high speeds. The film features much brutal violence, with some particularly gruesome bits (as in that hospital elevator scene). But if you're a fan of hard-edged crime thrillers, this film is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Thriller With Waise Lee at his best! 2 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Unfortunately, many remember Waise Lee as simply a villain because of his roles in ABT and BITH. But he plays a hardened cop with a bad hand, pursuing a crime boss(The Killer's Chu Kong) and working with a young idealistic cop, who buys it at the end. Dont expect the best film Hong Kong has ever put out, but expect a good cop thriller. Waise Lee is good, but is still pretty calm. Chu Kong is slimy as hell, and it is a little gory. Good final scene with Tsui Hark will have you rolling on the floor. This film is widely available on DVD on several web sites, so check it out. By the way: excellent music from The Killer's Lowell Lo.
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard cops vs bad guys movie, but well made 23 July 2007
By morgoth - Published on
Waise Lee stars as a cop who is investigating his friend's murder, and he will do whatever it takes to catch the killer. The killer is a very rich man and wants to kill the cops before they get a chance to arrest him.

Waise Lee is a good actor, but he just doesn't bring anything special to this role. Him and his fellow cops going after the bad guys should be more exciting. Lee just plays his character the same all the way through.

The script is pretty good, but the graphic violence is what stands out the most. Shown in a flashback at the start of the movie, Waise Lee's character was once tortured and had a power drill put through his hand. He plans to retire because he has nerve damage, but he has to solve his friend's murder first. I liked how he has to overcome his immobilized hand at times, but that is where the originality stops in this movie. It is an average entry into the herioc bloodshed genre, except bloodier than most, and the directing is above average. Not a bad movie, just not one I would spend time watching again.


Picture and sound quality on the Megastar DVD are good. Subtitles have a few errors, but overall they are well written.
5.0 out of 5 stars he Big Heat 26 Dec 2012
By gary alan quinn - Published on
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I loved this movie. I love Phillip Kwok. This is a really good movie. The story is good and the action is great.
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh 28 Oct 2012
By Piers - Published on
The `Big Heat' is an average entry from the golden era of heroic bloodshed flicks. While there are some good scenes, the direction and choreography is quite disjointed (no doubt due to the film having three directors) and the performances mostly wooden and uninvolving. Waise Lee sleepwalks through his role as the main protagonist, the rookie cop is as annoying as his character requires and the other actors fulfil their roles as ciphers to the plot. All of which would be forgiven if this film kept up the pace and had great action set pieces, however, there is plenty of dead time in the middle and the action, whilst frequently over the top, doesn't really reach the truly insane heights of other HK films with the exception of a great highway chase and some bits near the end.

Now I knew the acting would be bad, but I bought this expecting to get a grotesquely violent, fast paced, well choreographed action film and feel let down on almost every level. Ebola Syndrome (1996) truly surpasses this in terms of gore, In the Line of Duty 4 (1989) or Tiger on the Beat (1987) have far better stunt choreography and are more over the top and fast paced, Hard Boiled (1992) has better shoot-outs and the superlative Full Contact (1992) combines all of these facets with far better acting to make what I consider the best of these kind of films and arguably one of the best HK films of all time.

Overall average.
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