In the Joystiq.com feature “Stiq Flicks,” film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly, examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. This past week’s release of Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs, an open world, action-crime drama game opened itself to comparisons to popular –and plentiful — Asian crime action films. In the most recent edition of “Stiq Films,” Kelly examines the similarities between the game, and the classic 1992 action movie Hard Boiled, directed by John Woo.
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In the article, Kelly discusses the history of the game Sleeping Dogs (including its initial title of True Crime: Hong Kong, and its near-cancellation), the partnership of director John Woo and actor Chow Yun-Fat (who worked on 5 films together, and the game Stranglehold, the sequel to Hard Boiled — which is included in the Collector’s Edition version of the game), and how that without this type of gritty, Hong Kong crime movies, the game may have never existed. He goes on to describe the story of the film’s main character Inspector “Tequila” Yuen, who goes toe to toe with one of the Triads after the death of his partner. Kelly also points out the film’s opening action sequence featuring an awesome choreographed shootout in a teahouse, with Chow wielding his iconic dual pistols, as he tries to take out the person responsible for the death of his partner. If you’ve never seen it, it’s practically like you’re watching someone play a video game; like the director is holding a SNES controller and is inputting several button combinations.
Bottom line, I highly recommend checking out Hard Boiled between gaming sessions of Sleeping Dogs. Doing so allow you to see how the film and game fit so well together that you’ll think of the game as side-story or psuedo-sequel to the film. While on that topic, I also recommend going back to your backlog (or finding a used copy) to play Stranglehold as a fun experience as well. Check the link below for Kevin Kelly’s full article, and trust me, you’ll want to read it, then go watch the film!