Bullet in the Head (Midnight Screening Version)

Bullet in the Head (Midnight Screening Version)

Dir/Scr/Edi/Prod: John Woo
Scrs: Patrick Leung, Janet Chun
Prod Co: Golden Princess
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Fennie Yuen
1990 | Colour | DCP | Cantonese | Chi & Eng subtitles | 136min

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This film, together with Days of Being Wild (1990), was donated by Mr Gordon Fung in 2007.

In the 1960s in Hong Kong's impoverished resettlement area there were three young men: B (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), Fai (Jacky Cheung) and Sai Wing (Waise Lee). Fate brought them from the 1967 Hong Kong Riots to the chaos of Vietnam. Due to circumstances out of their control, they go through a gut-wrenching betrayal of their friendship. When Fai actually gets a ‘Bullet in the Head', Sai Wing thoroughly destroys their brother-like friendship. Tony Leung absolutely shines in the film, on par with Jacky Cheung's relentless performance. The film also features an epic battle scene seldom seen in Hong Kong cinema. 400,000 feet of film is condensed into a two-hour screening version, overflowing with John Woo's love for Hong Kong. At the time, the film did not do well in the box office, but with time it became a classic. This screening is of the original midnight screening version, which could explain the puzzling disconnected scenes in its general release.

Date Time Venue
28/11/2021 (Sun) # 5:00pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Peter Fung and Matthew Cheng

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