John Woo

Hard Boiled

Hard Boiled

The Hong-Kong classics seem to rarely receive the respect that they really deserve in the west. Most people know of them, some people enjoy watching them, but because of their sometimes over-the-top action, I think people don't take them very seriously as movies. Action movies in general tend to be seen more as escapist entertainment instead of genuine entries into film canon, as if they are somehow below the more dramatic pieces. While I do understand this mindset, I feel that it is one that leads to classics like Hard-Boiled being completely looked over. Not only is it an action movie, it's a Hong-Kong action movie, even more difficult to stomach for western audiences who are allergic in every way to having to read subtitles. This film has great depth to it though, and some of the most entertaining action sequences I've ever seen in any movie.