Bullet in the Head

Bullet in the Head

1990
Drama
Crime
2h 16m
When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
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Bullet in the Head

1990
Drama
Crime
2h 16m
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Avg Percentile 64.01% from 348 total ratings

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Rated 01 Jul 2012
90
99th
While this is not the highest rated John Woo film it is certainly my favorite. It's intense and powerful and in a way reminiscent of "The Deer Hunter". The Acting is spot on (even from overactors like Jacky Cheung) Everything just fits perfectly in this Like a powerful and violent jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces fit into an amazing whole. A story of friendship in extreme circumstances.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
37th
On one hand, this is a film on the level of John Woo's masterpieces -- magnificently choreographed gun-fu bloodbath that explores how friendships form, and disintegrate, in the face of violence. Overly sentimental as well, but that's pretty standard for Woo. On the other hand, it's a messy, heavy-handed amalgam of The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now and probably two or three Vietnam movies too. Overall, not as good as The Killer or Hard Boiled, but an improvement over A Better Tomorrow.
Rated 31 Mar 2020
5
91st
Whether or not it's his best (and I could see the argument), this is probably the *most* John Woo film ever made: all of his magnificent obsessions shaken up in a highly volatile cocktail of melodrama and bloodlust. It's equal parts Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now and Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and while the characters suffer short shrift due to its sheer surplus of Story, as a piece of action, it's as electrifying and intense as Woo ever was.
Rated 19 Jan 2019
71
84th
One of those movies I was running around to video stores and specialty sites trying to find VHS copies. It was John Woo in his prime and that was something special.
Rated 19 Feb 2011
75
75th
Good ish, people getting popped. In the head. But also a very emotional movie. It's as moving as it is thrilling. But sometimes cheesy and all over the place.
Rated 14 Jul 2020
90
80th
Viewed July 13, 2020.
Rated 07 Jul 2018
94
82nd
This is my Woo film. HARD BOILED, eat your heart out (wish I was a bigger fan of that, but the existence of this more than makes up for it).
Rated 10 Jul 2017
3
36th
the last thing that needs to be edited down is a remake of THE DEER HUNTER; without the extra hour of non-essential character development that film would be considerably more trite. safe to say the studio fucked this one up then, but there remains a certain charm to the no-holds-barred insanity and sentimentality on display. would that every epic soap opera ended with a melancholy flashback-interspersed car chase and a shootout revolving around the symbolism of the lead's best buddy's skull.
Rated 11 Aug 2015
99
81st
Three Hong Kong gang fighters (Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee) try crime in Vietnam and land in a prison camp with U.S. soldiers.
Rated 03 Dec 2014
75
60th
(2nd viewing, 1st: 85)
Rated 25 Apr 2014
20
13th
As I was watching I kept wanting to switch off and I did after 35 minutes but what I saw was clumsy and sentimental tripe with an irritating soundtrack and a serious lack of editing.
Rated 06 Jan 2013
89
97th
88.500
Rated 03 Jan 2007
85
78th
Bala na Cabeça estreava há 30 anos em Hong Kong. Lembra dos anos 90 quando o John Woo era o diretor mais cool de todos? Achei que os filmes dele envelheceriam mal pelo tanto que Hollywood copiou seu estilo, mas não, continua um filmaço. DVD Spectra Nova.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
55
8th
Like a worse version of The Deer Hunter, actually it *is* a worse version of the deer hunter.
Rated 12 Oct 2009
83
93rd
Nice Movie
Rated 10 Apr 2009
0
15th
Blood-soaked adventure with an individual, frenetic style.
Rated 06 Feb 2009
0
1st
I have seen the first half hour or a bit more, but i really cant start anything with this. Don't understand it....
Rated 01 Feb 2009
62
22nd
Couldn't get into that one, maybe one reason is the gruesome german synch... o_O seen better woos
Rated 28 Apr 2008
45
16th
A sentimental, banal, action-packed version of The Deer Hunter or something. Excessively unequivocal and mushy - and even the gunplay doesn't seem as playful as in, let's say, Hard Boiled. I have to admit that Woo's not the same any more...
Rated 20 Aug 2007
87
87th
A very interesting John Woo Vietnam movie. It has the usual wonderfully coreographed fight scenes Woo is famous for, combined with a tale about war and friendships. It's a bit hard to follow how some of the flashbacks fit in and the sentimentality is a little forced but most of it is quite enjoyable.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
100
95th
John Woo's darkest and best film. Do NOT expect Chow Yun-fat or the usual romanticism here. Makes the De Palma _Scarface_ look like "The Family Circus"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
95th
In the years between 1986 and 1992, everything John Woo touched turned to gold. This is no exception. Great story, solid acting, and top notch action.

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