Once A Thief Review

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Three master thieves (Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cheri Chung) raised by the same father join forces for a successful art heist followed by a pledge to make this the last crime ever for the trio. But the theft of a mysterious "cursed" painting affects the family...


John Woo directed this Euro-based caper movie in 1990 as a personal panacea after the critical mauling of Bullet In The Head, and while the mix of slapstick and kick-ass action is sometimes a little jarring, it's all entertaining enough.

The story follows three lifelong friends through their double-crossing cat-burglar exploits in France, with plenty of Woo's trademark dynamics and more than a hint of The Pink Panther.

Trademark Woo dynamics in this decent action thriller.