Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Chow Yun Fat in Hard Boiled (1992)
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Chow Yun Fat in Hard Boiled (1992)
Hard Boiled (1992)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Hard Boiled

John Woo | Hong Kong | 1992 | M

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Wed 5 Apr 2023

This is one of the pinnacles of Hong Kong action cinema and director Woo’s last hurrah before being swallowed up by Hollywood. Deliriously hyperkinetic and balletic action sequences take centre stage as a policeman (Chow Yun-Fat) teams up with a hit man (Leung iconic in his second film with Woo) to do battle with a gang of arms dealers. Woo’s Melvillian preoccupation with male bonding and the close connection of characters on opposite sides of the law help create a soulful, comic, frenetic and hypnotic modern classic. With Teresa Mo and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm print Source: NFSA Language: Country:
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 126 mins

Event duration

126 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
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About the program

Quiet and introspective as a child and outcast by his parents’ separation, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1962–) never aspired to much. In 1982, whilst working as an appliance salesman, Leung was encouraged to take up acting by his childhood friend, Stephen Chow...

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