Hard Boiled


Iron-ass Inspector Yuen (Chow Yun-Fat) takes out the trash on the cheap streets of Hong Kong. When his partner is popped by gun-smuggling drug-dealers, Yuen bonds with an insider hitman and, together, they root out the filth from within. All the Woo trademarks are present and correct: ludicrously choreographed slo-mo gunplay, sentimental asides, the blurry line between good and evil, thrashing doves... His second-best film (after Face/Off), with his best action set-piece: a balletic, chaotic, yet genre-defining shoot-out in a maternity hospital.

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