Comparison between the HK Theatrical Cut and the Taiwan Cut.
Theatrical Cut (PAL): 1:45:07 (1:46:11)
Taiwan Cut (NTSC): 2:14:13 (2:15:24)
Due to fast forward and rewinding, which was used during the comparison, time references can vary +-20sec
Furthermore, I won't claim that this report is complete. The comparison between PAL and NTSC versions is extremely difficult and tiresome. Therefore, it is possible that I missed some differences.
During the first gunfight, a frightened woman (Sell) is shown. Afterwards Jeff shoots one more guy.
Two pieces of gauze are removed from Sell's eyes.
When Sell wants to check whether she is able to see, she moves her hands longer in front of her face.
It takes Sell a bit longer to realize that she is blind.
After the caption "Six Months Later", the crossfading to the Sell at the piano is longer.
Sell crosses the street with a white cane. (She is being watched by Jeff)
She looks around on the street longer.
When Sell is attacked, some of the shots of Jeff fighting the two attackers are missing.
Before Jeff throws the barrel at the two attackers, he throws one of the guys over the other one.
The shot where one of the guys rolls off-screen after Jeff has thrown the barrel is missing .
Sell hits Jeff longer.
After the lamp has fallen over in Sell's apartment, one of her steps forward is missing.
When Jeff asks her she shakes her head before she answers.
One short blurry B/W shot of Jeff is missing.
Sell says something like "I Like To Turn On Every Light, I Feel Much Saver."
When she tells Jeff what has happened in the bar the "I Will Never Forget" is missing.
During the cutback some shots are missing.
The cop (Randy) stands in front of the car longer. He is holding a briefcase.
He takes some money out of the briefcase. He rummages in the briefcase longer.
Before he closes the briefcase, he thumps the briefcase two times.
The gangster talks to the cop longer.
Inspector Dan Lee presses his gun longer against the cheek of the gangster before the injured cop is shown.
Lee (at the car) stands up longer after he has picked up his gun from the ground.
Some single shots of the gunfight that follows are missing.
The gangster dies longer in the tram. He collapses.
Jeff's guest enters the apartment from a different angle.
The Theatrical Cut is on the right, the Taiwan Cut is on the left.
The killer (Jeff in disguise), who is supposed to kill Tony Weng, levels his gun longer and looks through the scope.
After the escape, Jeff runs down the pier longer.
After the gun has been leveled at Jeff, he runs longer down the beach
After Jeff has put on his sun glasses, he is shown longer.
One shot of the girl turning away is missing.
The two cops, Lee and Randy, are shown longer after the explosion on their boat.
The guy opens the window of his car.
Jeff racks the slide of his weapon before he shoots.
After Jeff has shot his gun and the tent is already burning, one of the shot guys falls out of the tent.
One of the guys falls longer into the bamboo plants. (Besides that some flawed editing was improved here)
After that, It is shown how Jeff turns around. And then one can see a man in a car.
The guy from the car fires his gun longer.
Before Jeff throws himself onto the child, some chldren play at the beach.
After Jeff has grabbed the child, the shot where he takes cover before the cop runs toward him is missing.
The guy with the hat closes the door of the car.
One short scene, the one where Jeff shoots at the cop is missing.
The cop drives across the bridge longer. After that, shots of Jeff behind a wheel of a car are shown. This is followed by a shot of the police car. It is shown longer how he drives through the bend.
A close up of the child on the passenger's seat is missing.
Jeff comforts the little girl longer and caresses her. After that she is shown in the moving car.
The two cops are shown longer. Shots of the in- and the outside.
Jeff speeds longer down the street + additional shot of the cops.
Jeff's car from the outside.
Jeff carries the little girl into the hospital longer.
Jeff walks away from the girl longer. The girl is shown longer on the bed.
The two cops are shown longer in the parking lot after the car has stopped + an additional shot of Jeff standing at the bed and watching the re-animation.
Another shot of Jeff.
When the cops enter the room they search it longer.
Another shot of the re-animation.
The cops run out of the hospital longer.
Before Lee's boss talks to him, it is shown how a nurse helps to create an identikit. After that Lee walks to the window and see his boss coming.
During the conversation with his boss an inter-cut to one of his colleagues (the one that looks away) is missing.
The shot where Lee's boss looks at him angrily is longer. After that Randy shows him the identikit.
Lee brings the identikit to the illustrator. It is not shown how he begins to draw.
Sidney talks longer to Jeff.
Weng draws on the cigarette.
Johnny Weng turns around.
During the conversation about the killer between Lee and Randy some shots are missing.
During the conversation between Lee and Sell some shots of their faces are missing.
in total 11sec
One cross-fading to the street is missing. Lee sits in his car. He tears of the filter of his cigarette,lits it and waits for Sell. When the blind Sell comes out of the pub and wants to cross the street she is almost run over by a car. Then three men approach and insult her. First, Lee watches them but then it gets too ugly and he leaves his car, beats the men up and finally chases them away.
Lee squats down next to Sell, talks to her and takes her hand. I don't know what they are talking about because there are no subtitles for this scene. He helps her to stand up, they get into the car and drive home. Jeff has watched them and is shown in the background when they drive away.
Jeff is in front of their house and looks up to a window. Lee notices him when he looks out of the window. (They talk) Then Lee goes to the balcony and looks for Jeff. Their eyes seem to meet. Jeff smiles. Eventually, Lee leaves the balcony and runs out of the house through the main door but Jeff is not there anymore. He looks around and finds a note behind the windshield wiper. Lee reads the note and is baffled.
Sidney presses the bell button. In the normal version the ringing is put over a long shot of Jeff.
When the two talk with each other, some inter-cuts are shorter.
A man runs up the stairs with a machine gun. Jeff turns to the open door. When the man starts shooting, the normal version continues.
A shot of the attacker standing at the window before Jeff shoots him is missing.
After Jeff has let Sidney "the traitor" live, he walks to and enters his car. In the background Lee arrives with a group of cops. Lee gives orders and looks around. In the meantime, Jeff drives away.
The normal version continues when Lee is on the stairs.
The beginning of the pan shot over the dead bodies is missing.
When Jeff opens his apartment door, a short inter-cut to Lee, who is already in the apartment is missing.
When Lee makes tea, both stand in front of each other longer.
When Randy runs to the window, he continues climbing.
When Lee follows Jeff to the roof, he looks for him longer.
During the pursuit, the shot where Lee stops in front of a corner and looks around it cautiously is missing.
The shot from above, where Jeff threatens Randy from below is missing.
A long shot of Lee, who is looking down to the ground.
Lee enters Sell's apartment. He tells his collegues to leave and sits down next to Sell.
When Lee tells her what has happened, a short scene is missing.
Lee holds Sell longer in his arms. During the following change of scene a shot of Johnny Weng smoking a cigarette was cut out.
The man with the sun glasses (Frank) is welcomed with a handshake. Afterwards, both sit down and begin a conversation.
The man leaves with a handshake.
Jeff leans against the wall longer and the inter-cut to Weng and his people is shorter.
A couple of single shots are missing; e.g after Sam has been injured, he sits in the backseat longer.
2sec in total
Jeff turns around the Jeep.
Weng's people gather around their boss longer.
One shot of Sidney sitting in the car is missing. He is shown from the side.
Both are shown from above. They stand next to a car. Only after that does the cross-fading to the next scene follow.
The two drive longer down the road.
The shot in which they drive into the backyard of the house is missing.
The shot in which Jeff dials Sells number and puts the receiver to his ear is missing.
Lee is shown at the check-in counter earlier when the shot is zoomed in.
Jeff watches the scene from a safe distance.
When Sell wants to warn Jeff she is looking for him longer.
Standing behind a corner, Sidney puts a bottle to his mouth. Before he puts it away again, an inter-cut is shown.
When everybody runs toward Sidney while he is talking to Sell, some shots were shortened. Same is true for the fight and the shot in which he contacts Sell.
Lee stands in front of the airport longer. His collegue is still searching. Jeff and Sell drive to the house of a friend. After they have arrived and left the car, Jeff carries her over the doorstep.
The following interrogation of Sidney is slightly longer.
When Sidney collapses he is caught by Lee. One shot is missing.
Sidney is shown longer.
Lee's boss walks around the desks and sits down.
Lee's boss says something to Lee.
Lee sits at the desk longer. He is smoking a cigarette.
Jeff goes to Sell who is standing at the window.
The cross-fading out of the bedroom is different. Jeff and Sell are shown in a long shot, then the cross-fading starts.
Randy is shown longer in the car.
When Sidney goes to his car in the underground car park some shots are missing.
When Randy is hit by the bullets of the killer (Frank) three bullets are missing.
The get-away car is shown longer.
During the car chase through the underground car park some shots were shortened.
Some more shots are missing from the car chase.
After the failed escape, the cops approach Randy's car. They call an ambulance. Sidney continues his way to the house.
Jeff and Sell are having dinner when he enters the room. A short conversation follows and Sidney gets himself some food from Jeff's plate. He grimaces and says that the food tastes like dog food.
Jeff stands around longer and watches Sidney leave. After that the shot in which Lee enters Randy's room in the hospital is missing.
The machines that are at Randy's bed are shown longer.
The shot in which Jeff leaves after he has asked Randy whether he is ok is missing.
Lee leaves on his motorcycle. Some people run to their cars.
After Frank (the killer who was hired) has put on his sun glasses, the shot in which some cars speed off the parking lot in pursuit of Lee is missing.
During that chase one angle is missing completely.
Moreover, Jeff puts more weapons into his bag.
Lee speeds down the street longer and Jeff takes a gun off the wall. The Theatrical Cut continues when he loads the weapon.
Lee drives down the street and Jeff takes the bag and leaves.
Lee stands at a tree trying to assess the situation.
A pan shot along the windows is missing.
When Lee threatens Jeff in the room, a shot of Sell is missing.
Some words are missing.
Sell and Jeff threaten Lee longer.
Jeff puts down his weapon + inter-cut to Lee.
Sell points around with her weapon longer before she shoots.
When Frank's men storm the house, a shot of Lee crawling on the floor is missing.
The shot in which some of Frank's men jump onto the terracce is missing.
Lee is shown.
The guy with the machine gun runs after Jeff and Sell but theｚ can escape. The TC continues when Jeff kills the guy.
After Jeff has grabbed Sell, the shot of him shooting out of the window is missing.
First Frank appears, then a close up of Jeff is shown.
After Lee has given Sell the key and they have cleared the way, one more guy is shot.
When the car explodes and Lee enters another car some shots have been exchanged, others were shortened.
Before Jeff shoots at the windshield of the oncoming car, they are shown in the car.
After they have escaped, the shot in which Frank puts on his glasses is missing. After that, Lee, Sell and Jeff are shown in the car. Jeff threatens Lee with a weapon. Then the car is shown driving down the street.
When Lee cauterizes Jeff's wound, almost all inter-cuts have been shortened.
After Jeff has patted Lee's back, the church is shown.
The following is not shown in the Taiwan Cut:
They leave in the car. Then Frank arrives at this places and looks for clues. Then Sidney is shown. He is thinking about something and takes a sip out of a bottle. He goes to his car and opens the door.
The three leave the car and Lee takes the briefcase out of the trunk.
Jeff is shown. The priest helps him.
When Sidney arrives at Weng's apartment and stands longer in the doorway.
When Sidney opens fire, the shot where the injured Weng falls onto the sofa is missing.
One of the shots in which Sidney puts the gun to Weng's cheek is missing.
When Sidney is beaten up, he is shown from one more angle.
Sidney gets up again.
Again, some of the shots have been exchanged. It's shown from above how Sidney is spitting blood. This shot is longer.
The conversation between Sidney, who is dying and Weng is longer.
Sidney lies on the floor.
While Sidney is tortured a dialog between Lee and Jeff is missing.
Sidney puts a handkerchief into his pocket. After that he and Weng are shown.
When Sidney shoots at Weng's men, a close up of a shot into one of the men's stomach is missing.
The guy falls down longer.
One of the men is hit by a bullet and thrown against a wall.
The shot in which more people rush into the house is missing.
When Sidney flees in the car, some shots of the escape are missing.
The cross in the church is shown longer and more doves are flying around it.
When Sidney drives into the church yard, the yard is shown longer.
Sidney grabs his weapon and trudges to the church.
When Sidney is together with Jeff, the shot where he displays the weapons is missing. In the normal version this is shown later.
Jeff loads the weapons.
After Sidney has been killed, Jeff's scream is longer.
After Jeff has killed Sidney, the shot in which Jeff stands up is missing.
A short shot in which Weng's men storm in is missing.
The guy who falls through the church window is shown longer.
Jeff shots one of the men who then falls onto a huge chandelier.
When Lee shoots the men through the bamboo brindge from below, he dodges the bridge before it collapses.
A man runs toward Jeff.
After Lee has been shot, a statue of Madonna is shown. In the normal version candles and a dove are shown.
During the gunfight an inter-cut to Sell is missing.
One of the guy is thrust backwards by the impact of the bullet + inter-cut to Sell.
Before Jeff is injured,a shot of the weapon is missing.
Now the shots from 1:34:30 are shown the other way round.
Jeff is shown earlier.
Two shots of men being shot are missing.
After Frank has destroyed the statue of Madonna, Lee and Jeff look at each other longer + inter-cut to Jeff.
Jeff is shown longer before he raises his gun.
The guy and Weng shoot a few volleys.
Jeff kills a man. The shot from the side is missing.
The shot of Jeff under fire is missing, as well.
Jeff is shown. He is looking for cover under the pews.
A man comes walking toward Jeff before Lee gives him the weapon.
Weng falls down longer.
The shots in which Lee takes new rounds out of their packaging and Frank shootsat Jeff are missing.
Before the suitcase is shown, a shot of Weng is missing.
The shot in which Jeff picks up the ammunition belt is longer.
Weng crawls on the floor longer before Jeff throws the ammunition belt into the air.
Frank shoots at the two.
After he is already thought to be dead, Frank throws a gas grenade into the church. (Which of course doesn't make any sense) After that the priest is shown. He is taking care of Sell.
After the two have been shown in the church with the suitcase, the following is missing: Weng jumps at them shooting longer. Both evade the bullets and shoot at Weng from the door. A couple of inter-cuts to the faces of Lee and Jeff are shown. NOw a diolog, which is shown later in the normal version, follows.
Frank levels his gun and shots at Jeff + a couple of single shots.
A shot of the house.
Both come running out of the church. One shot.
A man falls into the fire and a shot of Jeff firing his gun is missing.
The priest flees with + shots of the gunfight.
Jeff shoots at his enemies.
Jeff watches the flames longer before he notices that Sell is behind them.
After Sell has been taken hostage by Weng, two shots are missing.
Sell is shown longer.
Weng is shown together with Sell longer.
Before Weng shoots at Sell, he is shown in a close-up.
The gunfight between Jeff and Weng is longer due to some more inter-cuts.
Weng gets up and runs away.
Weng whrites on the floor longer.
The police cars are shown longer.
When Jeff kills Weng, he raises his arm afterwards.
After the killing,some shots of Jeff being surrounded by police and putting down his weapon are missing.