Hired Guns

For disscussion about gun play movies of all the eras.
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Postby pollypolly » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:08 pm

Now we're talking Rare! This has been on my wants list for quite a while now but as I hadn't heard much mentioned about it I'd been a little cautious - thanks for the lowdown on it.
Is this about on VCD? I know there is a Tai Seng VHS still knocking about...

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Postby pollypolly » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:00 pm

Cheers for the info Rare, I've just seen and purchased it for $4. I never knew it was knocking about on DVD, so thanks again. Will post my thoughts when it arrives.

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Postby pollypolly » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:46 am

I finally got round to watching this one....twice!. This was great stuff - nice and gritty early 80's action and Dai Sai Aan made a surprisingly charismatic lead cop!. Pretty brutal in places and you were right Rare, Philip Kao Fei is a mean SOB as the main villain!.
Thanks again for the heads up.

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Postby pollypolly » Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:53 pm

Thanks man. Yeah, any of those raw early 80's gunplay flicks are right up my street. Speaking of Ko Fei, I need to pick up another one of his which also starred Dai Sai Aan, made a year earlier called [B]'Way To Hell'[/B]. Saw some stills once, looked pretty damn good.

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Postby pollypolly » Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:27 pm

No worries Hwang!.
Yes, I got mine from eBay from a Hong Kong seller. It's a mainland DVD with really ropey cover art unrelated to the film, however, the print is 'glass' and it's subbed!

I picked up 'Way To Hell' but I've only skimmed it. It looks like a pretty hard hitting movie. I do need to check it properly very soon and when I do I'll post some details and thoughts about it.

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Postby pollypolly » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:45 pm

Just watched 'Way To Hell' and as well as having a similar cast, it had an almost identical plot to 'Hired Guns' too.
Philip Kao Fei and Eddie Kao head up a gang of crooks who plot a heist on a gold bullion stash and Dai Sai Aan is the police officer on the case.
This wasn't as evenly paced or exciting as 'Hired Guns'. Dai Sai Aan doesn't have as much depth to his character in 'Way To Hell' and whereas Philip Kao was downright ruthless in 'Hired Guns' - here he is just wreckless and a little buffoonish in some scenes.
Still, it's by no means a bad movie and the end shoot out in the obligatory junk yard is fairly exciting.
Go for 'Hired Guns' if you had to choose between the two.


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