Despite his reputation, John Woo has probably made more bad films than any other major director - and that was before he went Stateside. Once a Thief has one of the worst reputations of his Hong Kong films, yet surprisingly it turns out to be a lot of fun. Made as a reaction to the box-office and critical failure of his ambitious but sadly painfully bad Bullet in the Head, it does tend to support the argument that he's a bit of a lightweight best suited to entertaining fluff - not that there's anything wrong with that when the fluff is as entertaining as this. Sure, Chow Yun Fat goes wildly OTT and there's not much in the way of plot, but the setpiece robberies (one of them involving wine glasses and infra-red alarms was clearly an inspiration for Entrapment) are fun and the action well handled. And where else could you see Chow Yun Fat ballroom dancing in a wheelchair?