An absolute masterpiece from John Woo. The greatest synthesis of his preferred themes (outsiders, nobility, redemption, brothers on opposite sides of the law) with that ultra stylish, ultra violent approach to screen action. Drawing on the obvious influences of Peckinpah, Scorsese & Melville, the real innovation was in approaching gun battles with the same stylistic abandon as the sword-fights in old Wuxia films.
WOW! This movie is a thrill-ride from start to finish. The music, the gunfights, the camerawork and mise-en-scene are on point all the way through and constitute this bad-ass 80's look. Although it is at times a bit thick in pathos, it is every piece the gem you heard it should be.
It's a bit heavy on the screeching melodrama and warbling pop ballads for my liking in a shoot-em-up, but John Woo's film has more than enough brilliant shoot-outs to be getting by on. Chow Yun-Fat's marvellous performance in the lead holds it together in its slower moments as well.
Forse il migliore lavoro di Woo che ho visto,un action un pò noir improntato sull'amore,sull'amicizia e sul senso dell onore.Il personaggio di Fat è bello,molto caratterizzato e tiene alla grande per tutto il film.Secondo me Woo ha sempre il difetto di dosarsi poco,eccede nell action quando non ce nè bisogno ma lo fà sempre in grande stile e con una mano concessa a pochi.Duro e romantico,non alla Kitano,ma ci prova.
Certainly one of the all time great action films. Woo's unique blend of melodrama and ultra violence reached the boiling point here in its depiction of a growing admiration between a ruthless killer and a dedicated officer. Chow Yun-Fat was the pure embodiment of cool here. All the Woo flourishes that would later become cliched are here in a career defining way. First saw this in a chinatown theatre in '89 .
La verdad me esperaba muchísimo más de esta película. Más allá de las esmeradas, aunque no necesariamente sorprendentes, escenas de acción, es poco lo que se puede rescatar; el guión y la música rayan en la cursilería más espantosa. Me quedaré con el buen recuerdo de Hardboiled y Face-Off.
A super-cool, action packed film pumped full of steroids. Woo's films may come off as a bit too melodramatic for the Western audience, but I feel here he nailed the perfect balance between the amazing action sequences and the more emotional and tender moments of the main characters. I only wish I knew of this film as a teenager, it would have been an eye opener to Hong Kong cinema. Get ready for a bloody show!