The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #397: Welcome My Brother, Jeremy, as We Talk About Hard Boiled (1992)
This week, my brother and I are watching Hard Boiled (辣手神探), a 1992 Hong Kong action thriller directed by John Woo with Chow Yun-fat, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Anthony Wong. It is one of the most famous examples of the “heroic bloodshed” genre of films (the 1986 Brandon Lee film, Legacy of Rage, that I discussed in episode 287, is an earlier example). Like the Hong Kong kung fu film industry, these films had similar themes but were generally set in modern times and involved less unarmed martial arts and more gunplay, often with a lot of slow motion diving, rolling, and shooting akimbo (one gun in each hand). Hard Boiled is one of the best examples, and you can actually watch the whole film online in the original Cantonese with English subtitles:
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