Bullet in the Head (1990)

Bullet in the Head (1990, HGK) C-130m. *** D: John Woo. Starring Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Fennie Yuen, Yolinda Yam, John Woo. Absolutely exhausting action melodrama, director Woo's follow-up to his masterpiece THE KILLER (1989). In 1967 Hong Kong, three friends are forced to flee to Vietnam and plan to make their fortune there. However, the country is war-torn and their friendship is soon put to a test. One of the most emotionally intense movies in film history, this marks a very personal film in Woo's oeuvre. The drama and the action (functioning as intensifier) remain at such a high pitch that the plot is pushed into the background and it gets to be too much at times. Still, an outstanding achievement, a must for followers of the director, who compared the making of this to that of Francis Ford Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW (1979). Woo also cowrote, edited and produced the picture. Watch out for edited prints. Original title: DIE XUE JIE TOU.


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