Hard Boiled

Synopsis: Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly.
Director(s): John Woo
Production: Rim
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

- So, is your wife worried about you?

- There's nothing to be worried about.

She prays for me

whenever I'm on a job.

Hold onto a woman like that.

- Good morning! Up so early?

- Yes.

- How many Playboys have you read?

- Read? I just look at the centerfold.

Chung! Are the ''Birds'' here yet?

Three are,

but the ''King Bird'' hasn't shown.

Keep watching!

- Lionheart, are you receiving me?

- Go ahead!

- What's happening?

- The invasion is about to begin!

Okay. Let's get real.

We're not here to fool around.

- Have you ever considered emigrating?

- No. This is my home.

If I'm going to die,

I want to be buried here.

I couldn't get used to living abroad.

To have early tea time--


- There are Chinese restaurants abroad.

- But we got the original.

- How old is your son?

- Seven. Here's his picture, look.

- Got some great birds.

- No shit.

Of course,

or I wouldn't buy them.

Chinese-made guns, brilliant.

The pigs won't know what hit them.

- I like that.

- Very good price...

'cause they're made in China.

But they can bust through two oil drums,

come out and kill a guy.

- Yeah, yeah, you selling us shit?

- We don't sell no shit!

This'll make us all rich.

- My treat.

- Here.

- Police! Freeze!

- Nobody move!

- Are you all right?

- Yeah. Go.

Get out of the way, asshole.

Watch out! Get down!

Get down!

Get down!

Don't come in!

Are you hurt bad?

Get out!

Oh, well done.

You're such an asset.

Give the guy a gun and he's Superman.

Give him two and he's God.

Do you know who you've

just killed there?

One of my key witnesses.

I've hunted this jerk for a long time!

But I wanted him alive.

And I nearly had him!

Now, thanks to you,

I'll never have him.

- It's a shame. A pity.

- What is?

That we didn't nail these jerks.

You've changed, Tequila.

You were so sensitive in cadet college.

You're so hard now.

- Too hard now?

- They're even harder.

Had a good friend in him.

We can't have everything in life.

Alan, I...

Mr. Hui wants to know

why you betrayed him.

- Listen, I didn't betray him, honestly.

- Yeah, you did.

- Do you remember what happened?

- It was all so fast.

It was more like a dream.

- What's the story?

- Dead for about two hours.

Shot at close range,

no resistance.

- Anyone find the gun?

- Not yet.

You know, this guy looks familiar. I've

seen him on the Wanted list, I think.

- Give it to me in half an hour.

- Right.

The dead guy was Malay Chinese.

Terrorist history:

arms dealing between '78 and '81

in Asia and North Africa.

Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore--

they all want to get hold of him.

Came to Hong Kong in '85

to smuggle arms.

He used to work for Hui, but that ended

when Johnny Wong bought him out.

We know the murder weapon

was a Davis .32 according to the files.

We have no one on record

that would use one.

Afraid that's all I have here.

What a drag this is,

I can't even afford a pigsty.

There's no way I can.

How can I get hitched without

a decent place for the boss to live?

Just because I'm single,

I can't get Government housing.

I'll take to the streets.

You can stay at the YMCA,

Why not try it?

Jazz bar, I'll stay there!

Least you'll get

plenty of ''sax'' there.

Who's sending your woman

these exquisite flowers?

- She's had a lot of them lately.

- Is that illegal?

Ma'am, more flowers for you.

I need help.

My love life's falling apart.

My lady and I aren't getting along

these days. So, please, try and help.

Thank you. I'd really

appreciate a new pad too.


What's with all these?

You sick or something?

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Barry Wong

Barry Wong (20 November 1946 – 16 October 1991), also known as Wong Ping-Yiu (黃炳耀), was a Hong Kong screenwriter, film producer and actor. He was hailed as one of the most prolific screenwriters of Hong Kong cinema penning scripts for some of the top filmmakers and actors during the 1980s and early 1990s. Wong died from a heart attack on 16 October 1991. more…

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