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Hong Kong action 1992 color 126 min.
Director: John Woo

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           1 disc, catalog # CC1516D

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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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