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驚天12小時 (1991)
The Last Blood

Reviewed by: ewaffle
Date: 02/05/2012

One Singapore cop and one Hong Kong mid-level triad take on scores of heavily armed Japanese Red Army terrorists who have accepted a billion dollar contract to kill the Daka Lama during his trip to the island nation. The Daka Lama and the triad chieftain's girlfriend are wounded in the assassination attempt; they both have the same very rare blood type and there are only three people currently in Singapore Health Ministry database that match it. Red Army assassins have already killed two of them and are minutes away from getting the third when our heroes arrive.

The authorities in Singapore have already been discussing their lack of security manpower due to the coming national holiday--it is left to the viewer to decide if the shortage is because so many personnel will be assigned to holiday duty or if lots of them are going to the events. No matter what the reason the police department wishes the Daka Lama would go somewhere else. So Alan Tam, not credible as a tough cop, and Andy Lau, the same as a publicity shy gangster, have pretty much free reign to stop the Red Army.

A running joke that was funny the first time but not the tenth, is Lui Tai , played by Tam, saying he is occasionally mistaken for the singer.

"The Last Blood" isn't a particularly enjoyable movie: the parts don't fit together very well, the transitions are poorly done and scenes go from slapstick humor to an entire family being slaughtered for no reason necessary to the plot.

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: Hyomil
Date: 04/07/2011

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 01/16/2006

THE LAST BLOOD was famously sold as HARD BOILED 2 by UK scum Eastern Heroes, leading to legions of disappointed fans who were expecting an actual sequel to the John Woo film that came out a year _after_ this one. Apart from a shoot out in a hospital the films are quite different, but judged on its own merits THE LAST BLOOD is not a bad film.

Andy and his girlfriend fly to Singapore for a holiday, and end up sharing a plane with the Daka Lama - who warns them that she shares the same horoscope and she will be in danger today. True enough, both are shot by terrorists at the airport, and it turns out that as well as a horoscope they share the same rare blood type. Only 3 people in Singapore have blood they can use for a transfusion - who will get "the last blood"? Alan Tam wants to get it for the Lama, Andy wants to get it for his girlfriend, and the terrorists don't want anyone to get it at all!

Wong Jing crafts a pretty solid action film with diversions into his trademark dumb humour and cheap thrills but a strong, coherent story overall. The action isn't as carefully or stylishly choreographed as a John Woo film, but has some good frenzied moments.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 04/29/2005

The Dali Lama is on his way to deliver a speech in Singapore, and anti-terrorist Lau has been assigned to protect him. On the way out of the airport, a group of Japanese terrorists manage to shoot both the Lama and gangster Tam's girlfriend as well. It turns out that both the Lama and the girlfriend have the same rare blood type. Lau and Tam reluctantly join forces to save the only man with the blood needed, with the Japanese terrorists close behind.

Okay, first off, The Last Blood (which has been re-titled Hard-Boiled 2 for some overseas versions) has absolutely nothing to do with the John Woo actioner. In fact, it was made two years beforehand (I suspect that it was retitled and re-released after Hard-Boiled became a hit). The only thing vaguely similar to the two films is a shootout in a hospital.

At any rate, as with most Wong Jing films, there's next to no plot or story development. Some people really hate Wong's style, but I dig it. Let's face it -- most films have crappy plots anyway... why not just get straight to the blood and guts? You won't mistake this movie for a cinematic masterpiece like The Killer, but it is a fairly enjoyable 90-minute romp, even if it just boils down to an extended chase/gunfight sequence. A couple of points, though: if you're not familiar with HK pop culture, you're not going to get a lot of the jokes (Lau and Tam are both popular singers and some of the jokes are based on that). The movie is also extremely violent in parts, which might put off some viewers.

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Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 10/31/2004
Summary: Bit better than average

the only thing that makes this betetr than average is the comedy they have in it, i cracked up laughing a few times!! Apart from that a lot of gun play and hand to hand fighting which has been seen in other movies!!


Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/21/2002
Summary: Bloody Good

I can't believe these guys and I watched the same movie. I think they must be the leading members of the Wong Jing Hatred Squad.

Last Blood is a hoot. An excellent balance between extreme shoot-em-up gore, thriller and humour. Quite a complicated and involving plot, too, which is very unusual in this genre.

I'd compare this film fairly favourable to one of Wong Jing's best, God Of Gamblers Return. I have a feeling the other reviewers would hate that one as well !

It is true that this film has some odd ingredients. Perhaps I've seen him in too many romances and light comedies, but it was a little hard to accept Alan Tam as a tough cop. And I agree that the relationship between Andy Lau's character and his fiancee is puzzling. And what on earth does the Japanese Red Army have against the "Daka" Lama ?

But these slight jarring notes have very little effect on the whole package. The pace is cracking, and there's either an impressive action scene or a running joke or an involving plot point, or a combination of the lot. The pace keeps going till the end, which is a little too neat, but that's no worries there.

Warmly recommended.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/12/2002

Less than average action movie, oh what a suprise...Wong Jing did it!!!! Eric Tsang is very annoying, and Andy Lau doesn't do much better either. I can't beleive when the woman and her kids are killed in this, very violent movie. One good point though, this was filmed partly in Singapore which was an earlier movie to do such shots. However, half the population in SIngapore appears to die though!

Because of the large death count in this, it was also considered as being a sequel to Hard Boiled.

Rating: 1.5/5

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A really crappy movie.... no plot, crappy action scenes and unfunny comedy... over all this is pretty bad..... as to why this is known as Hard Boiled II, I don't know.... there is no link between this movie and the John Woo classic.


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Reviewed by: leh
Date: 12/09/1999

When the Dalai Lama and Andy Lau's girlfriend are bothdamaged in a terrorist attack, it turns out that they have the same very rare bloodtype! So the hunt for a blood donor is on. Rather over-rated action movie, doesn't really offer anything that hasn't been seen before.