More deaths than I have ever seen in a film with dramatic deaths and some very bullet proof characters. John Woo directed Hard Boiled (1992) and is one of the coolest action films I have ever seen. The incredibly high amount of deaths and endless amount of rounds fired in this film make for one killer action packed film that everyone must see at least once.
The story of a suborned cop Tequila who is determined to bring done the gun smugglers responsible for the death of his partner in a recent raid joins sides with an undercover cop Tony whose secret identity is as a Triad hitman.
Despite all of the explosions, gun shots, and deaths you are able to really get a feeling for the characters. You would not expect to be able to gather much of a relationship with these characters because they are simply shooting people the entire time but you are able to make a close connection to these characters throughout the film. In the end when the film comes to the climax and we think we are watching John McTiernan’s Die Hard (1988) we really watch out for the characters and do not want them getting hurt. The two finally begin getting along and make a kick ass team and this is when the audience-character connection really comes into play. In the beginning we are not too worried about Tony but once he closely teams up with Tequila we as an audience have his back.
In the end both kill all the bad guys and make it out alive. The ending scene with Tony sailing off into the sun on his boat allows us to know that he survived the wrath of the Triad leader. I believe this film was a great film and I recommend it to anyone who is into lots of action and gun fights. If you liked Die Hard you will see a major resemblance and if you are a Quinten Tarantino fan you will like the gory action and killing that is in a way like his. This film has defiantly opened me up to Hong Kong cinema and so far I have a strong respect for it and would not mind seeing more films made in Hong Kong.