Once A Thief


"The lowest point In John Woo's career."

- Ryan Lundgren

Once A Thief (1996)

Director: John Woo

AKA: John Woo's Once a Thief, John Woo's Violent Tradition

Producer: Terence Chang

Writer: Glenn Davis, William Laurin

Cast: Sandrine Holt, Ivan Sergei, Nicholas Lea, Jennifer Dale, Michael Wong

Running Time: 90 min.

Plot: Two expertly trained martial arts renegades break from their Hong Kong mob family to escape from a life of crime. Mac and his beautiful partner Li Ann escape to a top secret crime fighting syndicate in America. But the powerful Hong Kong crime lord and his empire reach across the ocean to settle the score.


YATE'S REVIEW: I'm a huge fan of John Woo, but I gotta hand it to him, with this made for TV stinker. I think he has made one of the worst action films I have ever seen. Sure, A Better Tomorrow 2 and Just Heroes were both great, but at least they had some action and above all, entertainment. This was just frustrating. When the best actor in a film is Michael Wong, you know it can't be good. Avoid at all costs, especially if your new to Hong Kong cinema, for this is not a good representative of Woo's work. Got see A Better Tomorrow or The Killer.


RYAN LUNDGREN'S REVIEW: The lowest point In John Woo's career. This is really just a terrible movie which is pretty inept in all departments (especially the acting). The best performance is given by Michael Wong, one of the worse actors in Hong Kong Cinema - which should prove my point on how bad the acting was. The directing is only mediocre and lacks style and this is a great disappointment, especially considering the talent of John Woo. This movie is based on John Woo's earlier Hong Kong film, also called Once A Thief. Although the action is slightly amusing, the movie is a deadly bore.