When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
Mobsters are smuggling guns into Hong Kong. The police orchestrate a raid at a teahouse where an ace detective loses his partner. Meanwhile, the two main gun smugglers are having a war over territory, and a young new gun is enlisted to wipe out informants and overcome barriers to growth. The detective, acting from inside sources, gets closer to the ring leaders and eventually must work with the inside man directly.Written by
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John Woo: [motorcycles] motorcycles are heavily used during the big warehouse gunfight. See more »
Throughout the film, characters fire more bullets than their guns would realistically allow without reloading, John Woo actually explained that he does this on purpose because reloading slows down the action scene. See more »
The beating of the informer Little Ko has lost fives seconds of blows at the behest of the BBFC in all UK versions, with the cinema version missing three of those seconds. There are reports that this footage was accidentally included in the dubbed rental video version. DVD editions released after 2001 are completely uncut. See more »
An action film at heart. The story of gun smuggling is just a backing just big enough to support the relentless action scenes.
Motorcycles exploding in mid-air, cars blowing up, shotguns, pistols, submachine guns, bombs...it's all here.
They all make for some of the best action sequences ever filmed. A good mix of the gritty and realistic with the improbable and totally fake. Though I think that the ending is bit too much. But what can you expect from Woo aside from a molotov cocktail of intense explosive action and violence?
Action and cult movie fans are advised to watch this film, however others might be turned off by it. 7/10
Rated R: intense strong violence
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