July 2, 2011 Leave a comment
Alright, so you watched the trailer and might be thinking to yourself, “Hey is there any dialogue in this movie?” Well there is, but it’s the bullets that do the talking. If you are an action fan and that trailer doesn’t get you pumped enough to break out some nerf guns and start diving through the air shooting them at your pets (don’t judge me), then you have no soul. Hong Kong action films get this associated tag with their movies known as “bullet ballet”. To be frank, I am certain that dive rolls, jumping through the air with twin pistols and shotgun diving isn’t the standard thing they teach you in firearm safety class, police or military training or even on the streets. Shit does it look awesome though.
If I am talking about Hong Kong action films, then John Woo films are the only thing you need to know. If you aren’t familiar with his work, well he didn’t have a rather prolific career as a mainstream US director. Face/Off, Windtalkers, and Hard Target aren’t really the ground breaking films that they wanted to be, although Face/Off is just plain fucking awesome, but the man is a god back in Hong Kong and could be credited as the man who brought Hong Kong action films to forefront of American viewing audiences. But while there are dozens of movies to choose from, nothing beats Hard Boiled.