The Killer details
|Starring:||Chow Yun-Fat, Barry Wong, Danny Lee, Chu Kong, Parkman Wong, Sally Yeh, Shing Fui-On, Ken Tsang|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Original title||Dip huet seung hung|
|Collections:||Awesome Asian Films, Decades: 80s, Exclusive Films, Lights Camera Action!|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
|Main languages:||Cantonese, Chinese|
Most helpful review
My favourite John Woo flickBy a customer from England , 11 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I still find it hard to believe that it took so long for John Woo to make it big in Hollywood when he was turning out films like this years ago. Anyone who hasn't seen this before will be familiar with the storyline (Hitman with a conscience vs maverick but honourable cop with similar personality traits) but consider that this came out in 1989 and was revolutionary at the time. We all know this plot has been copied again and again since then.
For me, this is the complete film. The acting is top-notch (the female lead hams it up a LITTLE bit sometimes), the story is strong, the action sequences are well thought out and don't have to dominate the film and Chow Yun Fat & Danny Lee are utterly believable in the the quiet, reflective scenes.
This film, for me anyway, rates alongside the legendary Scarface in the 'frequently copied, never bettered' genre of cinema.
OWN THIS FILM!!!
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Heroic BloodshedBy Kusanagiguy (101 reviews) from London , 13 Jun 2012I'm pretty sure this was the first John Woo film I ever saw and thrust me into the world of HK cinema that didn't involve kung fu
I've always prefered Chow Yun-Fat as an actor to the more recognisable stars such as Jet Li and Jackie Chan (still enjoy their movies too) as he has that likeable charm but at the same time can flip that on its head and deliver darker adult turns.
The Killer is one such film featureing a contract killer with a conscious (one of the first in a long line of imitators). The violence throughout would make Tarantino shy away and the finale in the church has never been bettered (aside from Woo and Fat's own Hard Boiled)
Top Notch action that has a plot to back it up you owe it to yourself to watch this film
Cool action filmBy lucpicard (25 reviews) from Blackburn , 18 Dec 2011I think this is John Woo's best Hong Kong film. With Hard Boiled it goes a little over the top with the shooting. In this film there is real development in story and characters and without going over the top. There is some loyalty shown with one of the characters of being an elder in the Triad which you get to see in japanese films with the Yakuza not seen in many Hong Kong films. A good film for it's time and now.
as long as your hand doesn't shake...By juradino (815 reviews) from London , 11 Oct 2011Hired assassin blinds young female nightclub singer while doing his job but tries to save her by asking high price for his next job to raise money to give her back eyesight. He turns out to be humane and not too different from his police counterparts. Things get complicated however and honor plays big part in the overall carnage with lots of blood and plenty of guns. When the girl's vision starts to resemble horror life and death become the issue as somehow Buddha battles Jesus, apparently.
Chow down on this babyBy missflea (14 reviews) from MANCHESTER , 05 Aug 2010One of my favourite movie combos ever - John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat. Great story, great characters, funny, fast, pure entertainment.
KillerBy a customer from Tonbridge , 01 May 2009Clever self-supporting mix of action and emotion as the two here bear-out Sam FULLER's dictum about cinema.