History Film / HardBoiled

24th Apr '17 3:06:11 AM mojo72400
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''Hard Boiled'' is all about two cops - one undercover, another much maligned for always, always playing the Bad Cop - working together to bring down a gunrunning ring. There is plenty of plot in between which establishes the characters of Tequila (the Bad Cop) and Tony (the undercover cop, played by Creator/TonyLeung Chiu-Wai) nicely.

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''Hard Boiled'' is all about two cops - one undercover, another much maligned for always, always playing the Bad Cop - working together to bring down a gunrunning ring. There is plenty of plot in between which establishes the characters of Tequila (the Bad Cop) and Tony Alan (the undercover cop, played by Creator/TonyLeung Chiu-Wai) nicely.



* GoryDiscretionShot: While at the hospital, [[spoiler: Mad Dog uses a scalpel to kill an informant. Just as we're treated to a close up shot of the scalpel being pressed against the informant's neck, we cut to a shot of his blood spraying across the window.]]

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* GoryDiscretionShot: While at the hospital, [[spoiler: Mad Dog uses a scalpel to kill an informant.Foxy. Just as we're treated to a close up shot of the scalpel being pressed against the informant's neck, we cut to a shot of his blood spraying across the window.]]



-->'''Tony''': Did I just shoot a cop?\\

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-->'''Tony''': -->'''Alan''': Did I just shoot a cop?\\



'''Tony''': ''Fuck''! [unloads on the mook coming at them]

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'''Tony''': '''Alan''': ''Fuck''! [unloads on the mook coming at them]



** Tony ends up getting a back full of buckshot after an assassin gets the drop on him with a shotgun. The worst this does for him is make him stumble twice, but he's soon running around shooting his attackers and keeping up with the uninjured Tequila. Though later in the scene it ends up catching up with him and he ends up in the hospital, but he's still upright and conscious. Not bad, considering that this sort of thing would normally kill a person in most action films, never mind real life.

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** Tony Alan ends up getting a back full of buckshot after an assassin gets the drop on him with a shotgun. The worst this does for him is make him stumble twice, but he's soon running around shooting his attackers and keeping up with the uninjured Tequila. Though later in the scene it ends up catching up with him and he ends up in the hospital, but he's still upright and conscious. Not bad, considering that this sort of thing would normally kill a person in most action films, never mind real life.



* NobleDemon / NobleTopEnforcer: Johnny Wong's right hand man, Mad Dog, who wants to let the hostages at the hospital go and [[spoiler: eventually turns on Johnny when he kills some crippled patients just to get at Allan]].

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* NobleDemon / NobleTopEnforcer: Johnny Wong's right hand man, Mad Dog, who wants to let the hostages at the hospital go and [[spoiler: eventually turns on Johnny when he kills some crippled patients just to get at Allan]].Alan]].



* ShootTheHostage: A rare instance where it was invoked by the hostage. [[spoiler: Tony pulled Johnny's gun to his stomach, which made Johnny shoot him. This gave Tequila the opportunity the gun down Johnny.]]

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* ShootTheHostage: A rare instance where it was invoked by the hostage. [[spoiler: Tony Alan pulled Johnny's gun to his stomach, which made Johnny shoot him. This gave Tequila the opportunity the gun down Johnny.]]
11th Jan '17 2:51:12 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* AuthorAppeal: Creator/JohnWoo's love is jazz is prevalent here. He gets to use the score that he wasn't allowed to in ''Film/TheKiller''.

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* AuthorAppeal: Creator/JohnWoo's love is jazz is prevalent here. He finally gets to use the score that he wasn't allowed show his love for jazz, after ExecutiveMeddling forced him to abort his attempts to show it in ''Film/TheKiller''.his [[Film/TheKiller earlier films]].



* BottomlessMagazines: Averted. Characters are seen reloading.

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* BottomlessMagazines: Averted. Characters Played straight in many scenes. During the teahouse gunfight, Tequila never reloads despite using the same two pistols for the entire sequence. However, this is averted on occasion, such as the warehouse gunfight and the hospital shootout where characters are seen reloading.



* DieHardOnAnX: The second half of the movie can be best described as "Die Hard in a Hospital."

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* DieHardOnAnX: The second half third act of the movie can be best described as "Die Hard in a Hospital."



* {{Dubtitle}}: The Winstar and Dragon Dynasty releases. Reports vary whether the Criterion edition has real subtitles, but generally the consensus is no.

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* {{Dubtitle}}: The Winstar and Dragon Dynasty home video releases. Reports vary whether the Criterion edition has real subtitles, but generally the consensus is no.
1st Jan '17 8:50:55 PM Wuz
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* HopeSpot: When Alan and Mad Dog goes into a standoff that had numerous civilians stuck between them, they decide to put down their guns and let the innocents leave before they fight themselves. [[spoiler:Then Johnny Wong rushed in with his goons, personally gunning down all the civilians to reach Alan.]]
30th Nov '16 1:13:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Pretty much all the cops, but especially Tequila and Alan/Tony.
10th Nov '16 2:33:42 PM Hjortron18
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* ChekovsGun: The cigarette lighter that Inspector Wang gives Alan is used to save Foxy.

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: The cigarette lighter that Inspector Wang gives Alan is used to save Foxy.
16th Oct '16 3:15:02 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* BoomHeadshot: Johnny Wong gets one of these by way of MoeGreeneSpecial.

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* BoomHeadshot: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny Wong gets one of these by way of MoeGreeneSpecial.]]



* GunFu
* GunKata: WordOfGod has described the gunfights as "gun ballet."

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* GunFu
* GunKata:
GunFu: WordOfGod has described the gunfights as "gun ballet."



* HardBoiledDetective: Tequila is Creator/JohnWoo's take on the character. He's even referred to as one by Johnny Wong during the climax.

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* HardBoiledDetective: Tequila is Creator/JohnWoo's take on the character.character, and as such racks up a ''significantly'' higher bodycount then most of the type. He's even referred to as one by Johnny Wong during the climax.
-->'''Johnny''': So it's you, the hard-boiled cop.



* HeroicBloodshed: Name-dropped in the climax, as Tequila talks to the kid he's protecting.

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* HeroicBloodshed: A notable example of the genre.[[LampshadeHanging Name-dropped in the climax, climax]], as Tequila talks to the kid he's protecting.



* {{Irony}}: Johnny Wong, being a major arms dealer, expresses contempt for the standard .38 revolvers of the police compared to his gang's sub-machine guns and assault rifles. [[spoiler:In the end, he's killed by a single shot from a police officer's .38 revolver.]]



* MoeGreeneSpecial: [[spoiler:Johnny's death]].
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a 9, because of the large amount of blood spurting and the disturbing nature of the violence against defenceless civilians.

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* MoeGreeneSpecial: [[spoiler:Johnny's [[spoiler:Johnny Wong's death]].
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a 9, because of the large amount of blood spurting and the disturbing nature of the violence against defenceless defenseless civilians.
6th Oct '16 4:35:22 AM MrKosta
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* TragicBromance: Tequila and Alan.

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* TragicBromance: Tequila and Alan. [[spoiler:Subverted as Alan survives, he just leaves Hong Kong for good.]]
6th Oct '16 4:29:19 AM MrKosta
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* OutrunTheFireball: Tequila does this at the climax. Interestingly, there was a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20363_6-classic-movies-made-possible-by-reckless-endangerment.html 'screw up' with the pyrotechnics]] that caused a bigger explosion than planned, meaning that Chow Yun Fat was really running for his life.

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* OutrunTheFireball: Tequila does this at the climax. Interestingly, there was a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20363_6-classic-movies-made-possible-by-reckless-endangerment.html 'screw up' with the pyrotechnics]] that caused a bigger explosion than planned, meaning that Chow Yun Fat was [[EnforcedMethodActing really running for his life.life]].
6th Oct '16 4:21:35 AM MrKosta
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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Tequila sometimes goes to the jazz club to talk about his troubles with the owner and have a drink.

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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Tequila sometimes goes to the jazz club to talk about his troubles with the owner [[CreatorCameo owner]] and have a drink.
6th Oct '16 4:20:13 AM MrKosta
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* BashBrothers: Tequila and Alan turn into this during the hospital takeover.
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