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Once A Thief (1991)

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Once A Thief
Film Poster
Country HOK.jpg Hong Kong
Directed by John Woo
Release Date 1991
Language Cantonese
Studio Golden Princess Film Production Limited
Distributor Golden Princess Amusement Co., Ltd.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joe Chow Yun-Fat
Jim Leslie Cheung
Cheri Cherie Chung
Chow Kenneth Tsang
Chu Chu Kong
Stanley Wu Wu Fung
Mr. Burton Pierre Yves Burton

Once A Thief (original title: 縱橫四海 - Zong heng si hai) is a 1991 Hong Kong heist action film directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun-Fat, Cherie Chung, and Leslie Cheung as three orphans who grow up to become high-end art thieves. When one heist goes bad, the trio struggle to maintain their relationship. John Woo would also direct a 1996 television film remake, which was subsequently turned into a Canadian-produced television series.

The following weapons were used in the film Once A Thief (1991):


Beretta 92F

A Beretta 92F is seen in the hands of several characters including Joe (Chow Yun-Fat) and Jim (Leslie Cheung).

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
A production still of Joe (Chow Yun-Fat) holding a Beretta 92F.
Joe holds a Beretta 92F.
Jim (Leslie Cheung) fires a Beretta 92F.

Smith & Wesson 669

A Smith & Wesson 669 is pulled by Chow (Kenneth Tsang).

Smith & Wesson 669 - 9x19mm
Chow (Kenneth Tsang) pulls a Smith & Wesson 669.

Walther PP

A Walther PP is also used by Jim and various characters.

Post-WWII Walther PP pistol - .32 ACP. Though most of the pistols built immediately after the war were made by Manurhin of France (under license), but the guns are marked "Made in West Germany".
Jim (Leslie Cheung) fires a Walther PP.
A gangster in the background fires his Walther PP.

Walther P5

A Walther P5 is held by one of Chow's henchmen.

Walther P5 - 9x19mm
A Walther P5 is seen on the bottom left corner.
A gangster on the right has a Beretta 92F and a Walther P5.

Colt M1911A1

A Colt M1911A1 is used by the gangsters during the final shootout.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP

Submachine Guns


One of the assassins sent to eliminate Joe and Jim uses a full size Uzi. Jim also uses one during the final shootout.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
An assassin fires his Uzi.
Jim (Leslie Cheung) fires the Uzi.

Mini Uzi

A Mini Uzi is used by one of the assassins sent to eliminate Joe and Jim.

Mini Uzi with folded stock - 9x19mm
An assassin in the foreground fires his Mini Uzi.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

One of the gangsters is briefly seen using a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 during the final shootout.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with "tropical" (wide) forearm and extended stock - 9x19mm


Mossberg 500 Cruiser

One of the assassins sent to eliminate Joe and Jim uses a Mossberg 500 Cruiser fitted with a heat shield.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser with a heat shield - 12 Gauge
An assassin fires his Mossberg 500 Cruiser.

Remington 870

A Remington 870 with a pistol grip and a sawed-off barrel is used by the gangsters during the final shootout. Jim also takes this shotgun and uses it.

Remington 870 Police Folder with extended magazine tube and extended stock - 12 Gauge
A gangster on the left holds his Remington 870.

Beretta M3P

One of the gangsters is seen with a Beretta M3P shotgun.

Beretta M3P - 12 Gauge
A gangster in the foreground fires his Beretta M3P.


Galil AR

A Galil AR assault rifle is used by an assassin on the boat.

IMI Galil AR - 5.56x45mm NATO
A gangster in the foreground fires his Galil AR.

Machine Guns

CIS Ultimax 100 Mk.3

An Ultimax 100 Mk.3 light machine gun fitted with a 30-round magazine is used by a gangster.

CIS Ultimax 100 Mk.3 with detached magazine - 5.56x45mm NATO
A gangster holds his Ultimax 100.

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