Hard Boiled (1992)
Reviewed by: SteelwireMantis on 2003-10-25
John Woo's final Hong Kong bulletfest proved to be the greatest action movie ever made combining the talents of his alter-ego Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Anthony Wong in an ass kicking adrenaline ride.

Sergeant 'Tequila' Yuen (Chow) is hell-bent on solving a gun-running case after his partner was shot down brutally (seemed like more than 20 shots) in a shootout at a teahouse against gangsters. Yuen cannot convince himself that his life is not a mess, a case to be solved, dealing with the death of his buddy and breaking up with his girlfriend cop Teresa (Teresa Mo). Tony (Leung), a gangster, has betrayed his boss and has given his right hand to Johnny Wong (Anthony Wong) to be ahead in the gun-running business. Tequila and Tony meet coincidentally and team-up to take on Johnny Wong and save Hong Kong. During this job Tequila discovers a dark, hidden secret about Tony.

The best movie to be made by John Woo was 'The Killer', but this movie has something more for the action-fan as well as a good plot with involving characters played by an excellent cast. This is actually the most violent film in history containing the highest bodycount and highest number of times a fire-arm has has been fired. Some people may find this film too gory and quite disturbing, those who see it is only a film will get pure satisfaction garuanteed. Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung give excellent performances, but Anthony Wong gets the upper hand as he convinces the audience that he is a complete asshole as a bad guy in this movie. An excellent shot from the movie is when Tequila slides down a a staircase handrail on his back as he massacres two thugs in the teahouse with two handguns. I don't know anyone who ain't heard of this movie if they ain't seen it.

Bullets, blood and explosions, there has never been an action movie like this before or after it. The best action movie of all time.

Reviewer Score: 10