I have known a number of people in my life that refused to give “Hard Boiled” a go. It’s usually because they like the action but don’t like the Hong Kong style of plotting and character development. It’s a shame really because they miss out on what is easily the single greatest action finale of all time. The entire hospital scene is amazing and the single take shootouts perfectly done.
I’d say it’s John Woo’s finest cinematic moment and I’m a fan of Woo’s, bar that fucking horrendous Ben Affleck film he did.
A fun little bit of trivia about this scene: the whole place is just one set, one floor. When they get on the elevator, the crew had about 30 seconds to clean the whole place so it looked like they’d emerged into a whole different floor. And of course, the whole thing was filmed in one take because fuck it, we don’t have time for retakes.
I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to watch Hard-Boiled, especially since the pacing is nowhere near as bizarre as, say, A Better Tomorrow 2.
This was actually an art project of mine, and it was much more visually interested to do it with comics because size and color varies so much. I also did one where I shoved everything into the shelves so there was no open space at all. It made for an interesting looking pattern.
I’ve done the personal significance shelving for both my books and films.