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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film and one of the most violent ever., March 3 2004
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Ted "Ted" (Pennsylvania, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hard-Boiled (Widescreen) (DVD)
This revied is for the Criterion collection DVD edition.
This film, John Woo's last film to be made in Hong Kong is one of the most violent films to date. 230 people are killed in this film. It is about a "dirty harry" kind of cop who uncovers a band of gunrunners with a huge cache of arms in a hospital basement.
The Criterion release also includes trailers for several of Woo's Hong Kong films. It also has a student film that John Woo did in the 60's
While out of print it is still worth looking into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What happened to John Woo??, Oct. 18 2003
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sgecko67 (Rockville, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hard-Boiled (Widescreen) (DVD)
If you are an action fan, or just a lover of big screen cinema, this film is for you. As with many other Woo Hong Kong classics. What I want to know is, What happened to John Woo when he came to the U.S.?
Not a single one of his American films can come close to Hard Boiled, and The Killer, and A Better Tommorow. Face Off comes the closest but still falls way short.
Come on John, bring back the "Bullet Ballet".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Action Movie EVER!!, Aug. 20 2013
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This review is from: Hard-Boiled (Widescreen) (DVD)
This review is for the Criterion Collection.
There was a time when everything was starting to bore me, action movies included. So when I first downloaded this movie, I was just expecting a dull, average action movie. So before going to bed, I decided to watch this movie at 1 in the morning.
Boy, was I in for a surprise! This movie was everything I was looking for, and more! It's violent, imaginative, entertaining as hell, and just downright AWESOME.
The plot: After a cat-and-mouse rivalry between them as they slowly start to realize they're fighting for the same goal, Inspector Tequila eventually teams up with undercover cop Tony to take down the gunrunning triads led by Johnny Wong, which leads to one of THE MOST MEMORABLE showdowns in a hospital--probably the longest final shootout ever filmed (a whole forty or so minutes!). The shootouts themselves are definitely among the best ever put to the big screen. This movie got me into John Woo. It's also worth owning for the shootouts alone (which take up most of the movie).
This set contains dub tracks in English and Cantonese, although I watch the English dub because it seems to add to the list of enjoyable things about this movie. It also includes trailers for every John Woo film ever made, a student film by John Woo (no English subtitles for that, though), and more! The quality of the picture and sound is good and the characters (the ones that are meant to be likeable) are likeable enough for you to care about their plight.
Overall, ***** out of *****
"Give a man a gun and he's Superman. Give him two and he's God!"
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