Hard Boiled Film Still

Hard Boiled

John Woo

 
Hard Boiled (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • Hong Kong
  • 1992
  • 126 minutes
  • 1.85:1
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  • Spine #9

Violence as poetry, rendered by a master—brilliant and passionate, John Woo’s Hard Boiled tells the story of jaded detective “Tequila” Yuen (played with controlled fury by Chow Yun-fat). Woo’s dizzying odyssey through the world of Hong Kong Triads, undercover agents, and frenzied police raids culminates unforgettably in the breathless hospital sequence. More than a cops-and-bad-guys story, Hard Boiled continually startles with its originality and dark humor.

Cast

TequilaChow Yun-fat
TonyTony Leung Chiu Wai
TeresaTeresa Mo
Mr. Pang Philip Chan
Mad DogPhilip Kwok
Johnny WongAnthony Wong
Ah LungBowie Lam
HuiKwan Hoi-shan
Barman in jazz clubJohn Woo

Credits

DirectorJohn Woo
ProducerTerence Chang and Linda Kuk
EditingJohn Woo, David Wu and Kai Kit-Wai
MusicMichael Gibbs
CinematographyWang Wing-Heng
ScreenplayBarry Wong

Disc Features

  • Optimal image quality: dual-layer edition
  • Audio commentary by John Woo, producer Terence Chang, filmmaker Roger Avary, and critic Dave Kehr
  • Trailers for eleven of Woo’s Hong Kong films
  • A student film by Woo
  • Optional English subtitles and dubbed track
  • Guide to Hong Kong crime films
  • Notes on Hard Boiled by Barbara Scharres

Film Essays

Hard Boiled

By Barbara Scharres May 05, 1998

That Hard Boiled would be action director John Woo’s last film made in Hong Kong before his emigration to the U.S. in 1992 resonates throughout the picture. While he may shoot in Hong Kong . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Hard Boiled

By Barbara Scharres May 05, 1998

That Hard Boiled would be action director John Woo’s last film made in Hong Kong before his emigration to the U.S. in 1992 resonates throughout the picture. While he may shoot in Hong Kong . . . Read more »