Woo Week 2012: HARD BOILED (John Woo, 1992)

Event Date: May 24, 2012 - 7:30pm

Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA

Just announced! Angeles Woo, John Woo's daughter, will appear in person to introduce and celebrate the film's legacy!

Violence as poetry, rendered by a master – brilliant and passionate, John Woo’s HARD BOILED tells the story of a jaded detective nicknamed “Tequila” (played with controlled fury by Chow Yun-Fat). 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 its originality and dark humor.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Asia Institute

Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive and John Woo

“Mixing the frenzied pacing of kung fu flicks with a plethora of cinematic tricks — slow-motion, freeze-frames, wipes — Woo has elevated the action movie into the realm of art. Infinitely more exciting than a dozen DIE HARDs, action cinema doesn't come any better than this.” –Mark Salisbury, Empire

“Arguably Woo's masterpiece, it is an action film to end all action films, an experience so deliriously cinematic it makes TRUE ROMANCE, a film that clearly aspires to it, look like a cheap copy.” –James Verniere, Boston Herald

“A picture-perfect example of what the ideal action flick should look like.” –David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

“[John Woo] has blasted the action genre onto a whole new level. His shootouts are a ballet; his firebombings are poetry.” –John Anderson, Newsday

Director: John Woo
Writers: Barry Wong, John Woo
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Philip Kwok, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Bowie Lam, Kwan Hoi-Shan, John Woo
Golden Princess Film Production
35mm, 126 min.

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