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->''"Now take your pig stick and your boyfriend, and find a bus to catch."''

The first film that JohnWoo made in Hollywood after leaving Hong Kong, '''''Hard Target''''' starts off with a homeless man fleeing attackers on motorcycles, before being shot down just before he escapes across a river. Cut to three weeks later, when Natasha Binder (played by Yancy Butler) is looking for her father deep in the heart of New Orleans. Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme... sorry, "Chance" Boudreaux, saves her from a gang. Natasha, after being told that the police won't be able to find her father, hires Chance to protect her as she investigates. Soon, the pair find out about a secret "hunting" ring, led by BigBad Emil Fouchon (Creator/LanceHenriksen) and ProfessionalKiller Pik Van Cleaf (Arnold Vosloo) and must turn the tables on the hunters.

The movie is chock-full of John Woo's signature style, especially in the action scenes. Slo-mo, motorcycles exploding, and pigeons abound as Van Damme kicks and shoots dozens of {{mooks}}. All while sporting a mullet. And being aided by Wilford Brimley. Needless to say, there are some who consider it SoBadItsGood, completely awful, genuinely awesome, or somewhere in between all three.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbandonedWarehouse: The final climatic battle takes place in one.
* AttemptedRape: The thugs who rob Natasha also try to rape her too. Boudreaux intervenes.
* BadAssGrandpa: Wilford Brimley, believe it or not, playing Van Damme's Uncle Douvet.
* BadAssLongcoat: Applies to both Chance, and Emil Fouchon (the BigBad).
* TheBigBad: Emil Fouchon, who runs the hunting ring.
* TheBigEasy
* BottomlessMagazines: One of the guns Chance acquires has an extended magazine, justifying this to a degree.
* ButtMonkey: Randall Poe, full stop.
* CigarChomper: Stephan, one of the hunters that Fouchon brings in to hunt Boudreaux.
* CoolOldGuy: Uncle Douvet
* CurbStompBattle: The unarmed prey vs. a team of hunters with vehicles and firearms.
* DeathByCameo: The homeless veteran who gets killed during the opening action sequence? ([[spoiler:later reavealed to be Douglas Binder, father to Nat Binder)]] Writer and co-producer Chuck Pfarrer.
* DramaticGunCock
* TheDragon: Pik Van Cleaf is this to Emil Fouchon, the BigBad.
* DisposableVagrant: Fouchon and Van Cleaf target homeless veterans. Chance and Natasha aim to prove that they are not disposable.
* DisturbedDoves
* TheDrifter: Chance Boudreaux.
* EvilIsBurningHot: There's a lot of fire imagery used for the BigBad.
* EyeScream: Someone gets shot in the eye while looking through a peephole in the door.
* GangstaStyle: A {{mook}} gets dispatched this way, with the gun being held upside-down in the left hand and the trigger being pulled with the forefinger of the right.
* GroinAttack: Van Damme finishes off [[spoiler: The BigBad]] this way. Using a grenade.
* GunsAkimbo: Duh. It's a JohnWoo movie.
* GunFu: Multiple times, Chance gives combatants a roundhouse ''after'' emptying half a magazine into their center mass, point-blank range.
* HandCannon. The BigBad's Thompson Center Contender.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: What most of the plot is centered around.
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled
* OhCrap: "Whoops." ''[=*Boom!*=]''
* OutOfTheInferno: Used lots of times. It's a JohnWoo movie. Duh.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Uncle Douvee shows promise at first, but his French accent degrades quickly, at times almost sounding Indian.
* ParentalSubstitute: Uncle Douvet to Chance.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Hunting season... is over."
* ProfessionalKiller: Van Cleaf prides himself on being one of these.
* ShoutOut: Pik Van Cleaf is named after Creator/LeeVanCleef.
* StuffBlowingUp: In '''''spades.'''''
* UnflinchingWalk: ''Repeat after me'' - It's a JohnWoo movie.
* VillainousBreakdown: Fouchon gets more aggravated as the hunt for Boudreaux goes on, culminating with Pik's death.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: Pik Van Cleaf.
* WickedCultured: Fouchon, as evident by his intensive piano playing.
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