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Once a Thief (1991)

Zong heng si hai (original title)
A romantic and action packed story of three best friends, a group of high end art thieves, who come into trouble when a love-triangle forms between them.

Director:

John Woo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Red Bean Puddin - Joe (as Chow Yun Fat)
Leslie Cheung ... James - Jim
Cherie Chung ... Red Bean - Cheri
Kong Chu ... Chu - Dad
Kenneth Tsang ... Chow - Father
David Wu ... Auctioneer
Fung Woo ... Mr. Cheung (as Wu Fung)
Pierre-Yves Burton Pierre-Yves Burton ... Mr. Le Bond (as Pierre Yves Burton)
Declan Wong Declan Wong ... Magician Henchman (as Declan Michael Wong)
Patrick Hon ... Hitman
Yat Kwun Tang Yat Kwun Tang ... Young Red Bean Pudding - Young Joe
Ka Fai Tong ... Young James - Young Jim
Leila Tong ... Young Red Bean - Young Cherie (as Lina Kong)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Shing Choi Kin-Shing Choi ... Guard
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Storyline

Once a Thief is an action/comedy/romance movie involving the plight of three master thieves (in the mode of Pink Panther). All three were raised by the same father and in fact were most certainly street orphans. The story begins with a successful art heist followed by a pledge to make this the last crime ever for the trio. The plot revolves around the theft of a mysterious "cursed" painting and how its obsession affects the family. Written by <sysop@hal9k.com>

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art | thief | painting | gun fu | kung fu | See All (41) »

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They only stop to reload.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

French | Cantonese | English | Hakka

Release Date:

2 February 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

HKD 33,397,149, 31 December 1991
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jay Chattaway's music from Red Scorpion (1988) is used in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Cherie are driving behind the truck, that is transporting the paintings (including their marked one), you can clearly see the rope holding the car of Joe and Cherie close to the truck during the stunt scene. See more »

Quotes

Red Bean Pudding: Did I make you waste your tears over me?
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Alternate Versions

All German versions, including the TV-Version, are cut. See more »

Connections

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A strange John Woo film
4 February 2000 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

I liked this film a lot, but I was constantly having to remind myself it was a John Woo film. Yeah, there are explosions, gunfights, violence, etc. etc. but it's all kept reasonably tame (for Woo at least). The movie was funny and charming--nothing like you'd expect from one of his films. Worth watching, but Yun-Fat (sp?) should stick to drama - he was overacting WAY too much in this one when he tried to be funny.


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