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Full Contact is a 1992 action film starring Chow Yun-fat, Simon Yam, Anthony Wong and directed by Ringo Lam (City On Fire).

Chow Yun-fat plays Jeff / Gou-fei, an honorable thief and criminal who saved his friend Sam (Anthony Wong) from loan sharks. On the run and quickly drawn into a violent heist, Jeff and Sam forms an uneasy alliance with Judge (Simon Yam) and his henchmen, the flirtatious Lau Ngang and the excessively violent Deano.

Turns out the heist is all a trap, with Jeff getting double-crossed by Judge and left for dead and Sam getting forced into Judge's gang. Surviving his ordeal, Jeff is now back with a vengeance...

This film contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Judge, who is polite, smiles a lot, acts rather chummy with Jeff and Sam... but is actually evil and rotten to the core.
  • Animal Lover: Jeff, who went out of his way while escaping an exploding building to rescue a puppy. The puppy shows up later in subsequent scenes by Jeff’s side.
  • Anti-Hero: Jeff, a criminal, thief, killer...yet with his own code of honour, follows his morals, refuse to harm innocents, and went out of his way to save a child and a puppy from an exploding building.
  • Ax-Crazy: Deano, a psychopath who enjoys shooting at things a little too much.
  • Badass Biker: Jeff’s preferred mode of transport is his trusty Harley Davidson, which he can be seen cruising on in several scenes.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Happens to a few characters, including Jeff’s friend Chung during the heist, Judge’s boyfriend in the pub shootout, and the Judge’s Co-Dragons, Lau Ngang and Deano.
  • Delinquent Hair: Deano sports a greasy punk mohawk.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Jeff and Sam infiltrates Judge’s warehouse by disguising as his mooks, using their uniform’s hoods to conceal their faces.
  • Finger-Snap Lighter: Judge does this in the opening scene, lighting a cigar to impress a store clerk.
  • Fingore: Jeff lose a couple of his fingers to Judge when Judge unexpectedly whips out a concealed knife and uses it on Jeff.
  • Guilt-Induced Nightmare: Sam, the Number Two and best friend to the film's hero Jeff, have a nightmare where he gets flung into a pool and shot dead by Jeff, the night after he's forced to double-crossed Jeff by their villainous employer, the Judge, resulting in Jeff being shot and left in a burning building. This leads to Sam's quick Heel–Face Turn when Jeff turns out to be still alive later in the film.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Jeff’s girlfriend, Mona.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Lau Ngang would moan and cream herself every time she seduces a male character. She does that several times throughout the film, even during the heist scene when Jeff is trying to concentrate on the mission…
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Jeff and Sam when interrogating a couple of Judge’s mooks, whose methods including stabbing them in their hands and sticking knives into their cheeks.
  • Licking the Blade: As if we didn't have enough clues that Judge was a psycho, he licks the blade of his knife after stabbing Jeff.
  • Loan Shark: Jeff rescues his brother from one of these, who the brother borrowed money from in order to pay for their mother's funeral. Since Jeff had to kick the asses of his men in order to secure his brother's release, the loan shark is pissed. The brother mentions a friend of his who is looking for people to cut in on a job, which they can use to pay off the loan shark and get him out of their hair. The friend in question, Judge, and his gang were shown in the opening scene to be nothing but bad news, and the loan shark makes a deal with this guy behind Chow's back to have him killed during the job. Chow survives the resultant betrayal and hit attempt, and you better believe he wants payback.
  • Moe Greene Special: The Judge’s boyfriend gets shot by Jeff in the eye in the pub shootout.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mona, Jeff’s stripper girlfriend, hands-down. The opening titles are superimposed over her doing a striptease dance, and the credits shows up alongside her doing a gyrating dance for Jeff (and the audience). She later had a Walking Swimsuit Scene and another scene in a feathered leotard dress.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Sam had a rather nasty nightmare after attending the funeral of the presumed-dead Jeff, which concludes with him seeing himself getting shot by a vengeful Jeff.
  • Pineapple Surprise:
    • Lau Ngang during the heist, as she flirtingly struts towards a car on the highway, waving her scarf in a seducing manner at the occupants...before revealing she had a grenade hidden in it and tossing it into the car.
    • Jeff in the climax, pretending to throw the keys to the weapons shipment which he stole, back to Judge...only to throw a grenade instead.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: This gem, delivered by Jeff before finishing off the Judge with a flung knife
    "Go masturbate in hell!"
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Jeff is double-crossed during the heist, almost burned alive, and has his brother forced into Judge's gang, Jeff spends the rest of the movie seeking revenge upon him.
  • Shoot the Bullet: During the nightclub shootout, Jeff and Judge fires a single shot at each other. Both bullets collides in mid-air, complete with sparks.
  • Shouting Shooter: Deano does this a lot, and most of the time his yelling overlaps with his shooting.
  • Shower Scene: A rare male example, the night after fighting off the loan shark’s thugs had Jeff taking a shower… with Mona accompanying him from behind.
  • Slashed Throat: Judge is finally taken down after Jeff flings his butterfly knife into Judge's throat.
  • Sissy Villain: Judge tends to giggle a lot, wears flashy, gaudy clothes, and is rather vain in appearance.
  • Thought You Were Dead: The heavily-wounded Jeff, sustaining various gunshot injuries and a few fingers sliced off, is last seen in a house which gets blown up. He even gets a Meaningful Funeral in a subsequent scene… only to turn out Not Quite Dead later.
  • Trigger-Happy: Deano responds to everything by firing his M16 machine gun everywhere. Right off in the opening, when two security guards outside a shop tried talking to him, he immediately whips out his machine-gun and guns down both guards, and then continue firing away at the store's front, at windows, doors, furnishings, practically everything until the entire place becomes a smoldering mess.
  • Villain in a White Suit: The Judge wears white in most of his scenes, including the final showdown.
  • Villainous Crush: Judge, the homosexual Big Bad, had a man-crush on Jeff. Jeff is NOT amused.
  • Yandere: Lau Ngang, who flirts and rubs herself with practically every named male character in the film, and have a Hair-Trigger Temper that leads to sudden violent outbursts every now and then.