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Hard Boiled [DVD] [1993]


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  • Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Philip Kwok
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Writers: John Woo, Barry Wong, Gordon Chan
  • Producers: Amy Chin, Linda Kuk, Terence Chang, Yuet-Chuen Kwok
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2000
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCMX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,391 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The film that opened up the Western market for the Hong Kong action genre. John Woo's characteristic mix of anarchic humour and high body-counts coalesce in this action-thriller about a renegade cop who takes on a group of Triad gun-runners who have been hiding their product in a hospital morgue. The film is famous for the scene where Chow Yun Fat attempts to evacuate a maternity ward amidst raining bullets before the hospital explodes. Available in various versions: dubbed or subtitled.

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Masterful Hong Kong action director John Woo (The Killer, Face/Off) turns in this exciting and pyrotechnic tale of warring gangsters and shifting loyalties. Chow Yun-Fat (The Replacement Killers) plays a take-no-prisoners cop 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 (Tony Leung) 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. A stunning feast of hyperbolic action sequences (including a climactic sequence in an entire hospital taken hostage), Hard Boiled is a rare treat for fans of the action genre, with sequences as thrilling and intense as any ever committed to film. --Robert Lane

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Boobier on 13 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
Hard Boiled is without a doubt one of my favourite John Woo films, its up there with the likes of the Killer and Better Luck Tommorow. When I saw this dvd going for so cheap I was quick to snatch it up... The problem is, this prism leasure version, is the terrible english dubbed release.

If I knew that this version was dubbed, I sure as hell wouldn't of bought it. I love hard boiled, but this version does not do it justice.

The great performances, the stunning action scenes and the breathtaking editing syle of this film is cheapened by stupid american accents. I'm going to purchase the collector's edition soon to get the soundtrack this film truly deserves.

In short, if you can't be arsed reading subtitles... You shouldn't watch foreign films. These over-dubs need to stop, they cheapen so many great movies.

If you feel the same way as me, avoid the prism leasure version of this film.

I'm only giving it 3 stars cause this great film, even with the bad over-dudbbing, is still watchable. I'd usually give this 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. JONES VINE VOICE on 15 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
This and 'The Killer' were the two breakout films that got John Woo noticed in Hollywood and its not hard to see why. In an era of action films ruled by Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Van Damme, it was John Woo who breathed new life into the genre with his own brand of coolness.

'Hard Boiled' is, on paper, a conventional thriller about a reckless Hong Kong cop who is out for revenge against a gun-smuggling ring. Along the way, he encounters an undercover cop already on the case who he eventually partners up with. Although the story is pretty ordinary, lacking the emotional drama of 'The Killer', the action is non-stop and represents Woo at the top of his game.

Once again, Woo delivers awesome shootouts and insane stuntwork in a relentlessly entertaining action flick. In fact, you can break the film down into a series of set-pieces which include a eyepopping shootout at a teahouse and a bloodsoaked 40 minute finale inside a hospital. The standout moment of the film is a one-take action sequence that follows the two men through the hospital and is nothing short of amazing.

Chow Yun Fat returns as the hard-boiled cop and Tony Leung is his undercover ally. Both men exert coolness throughout the film and their scenes together are always entertaining. 'The Killer' is may have a better storyline but as far as action goes, you can't get any better than 'Hard Boiled'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 20 April 2007
Format: DVD
Director John Woo has a powerful and explosive style that will leave you breathless after watching this extremely violent action flick.The camera is everywhere flying from place to place.And there are people everywhere.All of them firing a gun or two.I have never seen such energy before.The violence in "Hardboiled" is very brutal and well directed.The last half hour of this film,which take place in the hospital is full of inventive action sequences.Chow Yun-Fat is really good as a tough policeman and it's also very nice to see Anthony Wong-what a great performance!

I also love the scene where Chow Yun Fat is saved from burning by the baby peeing on him. I like Hong Kong-action films by John Woo.Anyway, if you're tired of Hollywood's action trash,then this one is a must-see.Recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 15 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
Set in the violent Hong Kong underworld, Hard Boiled tells the story of a gun-happy detective (Yun-Fat Chow) who prefers shooting than confronting and arresting. While confronting smugglers illegally bringing guns into Hong Kong his partner is unjustly murdered by an undercover cop (Tony Leung Chiu Wai). After some persuasion the two of the team up to take down the mob and saves the lives of hundreds of civilians.

You might think this sounds all too familiar to be interesting, but don't be put off. The storyline takes a back-seat in this film. The violent half hour gun fights take centre stage. It's all about the gun fights, if you feel like watching and action packed movie, no thinking required you can not go far wrong with this. The action is so mind blowing you need a couple of minutes to catch your breath after each 'massacre' of Hong Kong gang members. Believability is not a factor in this film, no one reloads, non of the "good guys" are ever killed but that is not the point of this film.

It is near impossible to rate the acting in this film, most characters are dead before you get a chance to see their face. Of course the main actors do what their job nicely. Directed by the legendary action director John Woo, all his trademarks are here, chaotic gun fights, fast dialogue and graphic violence, if you enjoyed any of his Hollywood movies, I gurantee this will blow your mind.

I couldn't find much wrong with the DVD itself, one of its biggest downfalls is the dubbing. As usual the dubbing is quite laughable and no option to watch it in its original language is a bit disappointing. Although it will not ruin your enjoyment of the movie, as I said before, the story line takes a back-seat in this film. The only subtitles available are English.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aranbailey@yahoo.com on 3 May 2000
Format: DVD
Hard Boiled is quite possibly the 2nd best action film ever made, only bettered by John Woo's Amazing 'The Killer' this is one film you have to own if you are a fan of the Action genre, this DVD version may have no widescreen and the dubbing is slightly cheezy but if you watch it in its original Cantonese with english subtitles it is absolutely outstanding!
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