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Hong Kong action 1992 color 126 min.
Director: John Woo
CAV: $124.95 - available
3 discs, catalog # CC1397L

CLV: $59.95 - available
2 discs, catalog # CC1460L

DVD: $39.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1516D

Director John Woo creates fast-paced films blending bold strokes of action, emotion, and melodrama. His aggressively violent films refract familiar Western pop cultural elements through an Eastern lens. These "Chinese blood operas," made in Hong Kong in collaboration with actor Chow Yun-fat, present violence as poetry, and action as ballet.

Violence as poetry, rendered by a master--John Woo's Hard Boiled tells the story of jaded detective "Tequila" Yuen (played with controlled fury by Chow Yun--fat) with brilliance and passion. Woo's dizzying odyssey through the world of Hong Kong Triads, undercover agents, and frenzied police raids culminates unforgettably in the breathless hospital sequence. More than a cops--and--bad--guys story, Hard Boiled continually startles with originality and dark humor. Presented in a widescreen digital transfer with improved subtitles. The CAV edition

Criterion's CAV Special Edition allows detailed, frame--by--frame surveillance of this unique and daring filmmaker and includes:

  • Audio commentary by John Woo, Hard Boiled producer Terence Chang, filmmaker Roger Avary and critic Dave Kehr
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of Woo on the set of his first Hollywood feature, Hard Target
  • The Cantonese theatrical trailer
  • Essays on Woo, Hard Boiled, and a genre guide to Hong Kong crime films by David Chute

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