Zong heng si hai (Once a Thief)
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For this 1991 action comedy from Hong Kong, director John Woo took a break from his ultraviolent thrillers; it was made a year after Bullet in the Head, and a year before Hard-Boiled. Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung, and Cherie Chung portray a trio of orphans who have grown to become art thieves. When their foster father (Kenneth Tsang), a powerful crime boss, forces them into stealing a painting, they pull off the job but are double-crossed. To get even, the trio plans a heist to steal the painting back. The three lead characters are funny and romantic; they're daring art thieves in the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Anyone who already owns The Killer and Hard-Boiled will undoubtedly still find much to enjoy within Once a Thief."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Fails to deliver the action goods that John Woo fans want, and his skill with a romantic plot is not very good."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
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