Hard Boiled (1992)
Director: John Woo
Tagline: "You saved the day there, you little pisspot. Thanks a lot."
Yes, I have seen this movie at least half a dozen times and have a copy of it at home, I just hadn't gotten around to reviewing it until now OK?
Chow Yun Fat plays the now iconic role of the cop Tequila and gets all the best lines and action as you would expect. Comparing his performance here with that of Mark in the Better Tomorrow series, The Killer and Ko Chow in City on Fire, I would say that his role here is a lot more well-rounded.
Tony Leung plays an undercover cop here in a role familiar to those who have seen Infernal Affairs, but it that film was actually inspired by this movie. There is great pathos when the triad boss tells him he will probably have to kill him and the double cross later proves this.
The bad guys are a good range of characters also, some are not that bad, while others are really nasty. They are certainly better defined as characters than in the deluge of triad movies that followed this released.
As you can really only compare the action scenes with those from other John Woo movies, I would say that the scenes are on a par or better than all of his movies. I prefer Bullet in the Head as it has more emotional impact. The hospital siege would be enough for most movies, but having it at the end of a film that is already packed with great action scene really seals the deal and puts this film near the top of your must view list.
It is also great that nobody has attempted to remake this film as a Hollywood version as it either didn't get up or it was made before people started realising how successful these films could be a on a global scale.