Bullet in the Head

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  • NR
  • 1990
  • 2 hr 16 min
  • 7.5  (11,445)

Bullet in the Head is a 1990 Hong Kong action drama film directed by John Woo and starring Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, and Waise Lee. The movie is set in the late 1960s, during the Vietnam War, and follows the story of three friends, Ben (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung), Frank (Jacky Cheung), and Paul (Waise Lee), who travel to Saigon in search of business opportunities.

Initially, their trip appears to be successful, as they manage to secure a deal to smuggle black market goods back to Hong Kong. However, things take a turn for the worse when they become involved with local gangsters and are forced to undertake a dangerous mission on their behalf.

Despite their initial reluctance, the friends soon find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the world of crime and corruption. As they struggle to survive, they are forced to confront their own values and beliefs, and to ask themselves whether the ends justify the means.

The movie is characterized by its intense action sequences, which are expertly choreographed and executed. The film's use of slow motion, freeze frames, and other stylistic techniques creates a sense of tension and drama that is both visceral and compelling.

However, the movie is also notable for its exploration of deeper themes, including loyalty, friendship, and the nature of morality. As the three friends are forced to navigate the complex and dangerous world they find themselves in, they are forced to confront their own limitations and to question their own actions.

One of the key strengths of the movie is its talented cast, who bring a sense of authenticity and emotional depth to their roles. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, in particular, delivers a powerful and nuanced performance as Ben, the film's protagonist.

Overall, Bullet in the Head is a gripping and thought-provoking film that combines thrilling action sequences with complex characters and themes. It is a testament to John Woo's skill as a filmmaker, and continues to be regarded as one of his greatest works.

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    7.5  (11,445)