Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) (1992)



Critic Consensus: Boasting impactful action as well as surprising emotional resonance, Hard Boiled is a powerful thriller that hits hard in more ways than one.

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Yun-Fat portrays a maverick, clarinet-playing cop nicknamed "Tequila" whose partner is killed in the dizzying chaos of a restaurant gunfight with a small army of gangsters. It is soon revealed that one of the mob's high-ranking assassins is Tony (Tony Leung), an undercover cop who, despite his badge, is dangerously close to the edge. Tequila and Tony must team up in a tense partnership, and their common pursuit of a vicious crime lord results in a brilliantly elaborate climax in a hospital, where the heroes must rescue newborn babies from the maternity ward while fighting off dozens of mob soldiers. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi


Yun-Fat Chow
as Tequila
Teresa Mo
as Teresa
Bowie Lam
as Ah Lung
John Woo
as Bartender
Philip Kwok
as Mad Dog
Tung Wai
as Little Ko
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Critic Reviews for Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6)

Choreographically stunning like most of Woo's work, especially before he headed West.

March 1, 2007

A supercharged thriller.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A master stylist, Woo is similarly brilliant at examining the moral and social hierarchies of his patriarchal crime worlds.

December 27, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Woo does, in fact, seem to be a very brisk, talented director with a gift for the flashy effect and the bizarre confrontation.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

It's nirvana for seekers of action, and it rarely gets any better than this.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Infinitely more exciting than a dozen Die Hards, action cinema doesn't come any better than this.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled)

Far-fetched and yet exciting and tense. For all its plethoric blood spilling, cheesy one-liners and balletic gunfights this must be the quintessential hong kong action flick. A master class of choreography.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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One of the greatest action movies ever made. A very stylish, pulse-pounding, unstoppable and unforgettable movie. Director, John Woo's action movie masterpiece. A bullet riddled classic in it's own right. The action sequences are spectacular, explosive, wild, outrageous and energetic. Chow Yun-fat is one of the greatest action movie hero's of all time, he plays with bullets as if they were candy and gives a sensational and terrific performance. Tony Leung gives a breakout performance, he is slick, stylish and very impressive in the role. They have great chemistry. Woo knows how to craft the story with characters that matter and make you compelled to follow them all the way through. An awesome adrenaline rush from start to finish. It's nothing but a good time from stat to finish. It's a two-hour roller-coaster ride that has your pulse-racing and heart-pounding all the way to to the end.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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