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.
Also screening on Wed 5 April
Crying on the Inside: The empathetic stardom of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Flowers of Shanghai (1998) – Wed 22 Mar, 7pm
Hero (2002) – Wed 22 Mar, 9.10pm
In the Mood for Love (2000) – Wed 29 Mar, 7pm
A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991)– Wed 29 Mar, 8.55pm
Hard Boiled (1992) – Wed 5 Apr, 7pm
Cyclo (1995) – Wed 5 Apr, 9.20pm
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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