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The Killer (1989)
"Dip huet seung hung" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  September 1990 (USA)
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A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

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Ah Jong (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Kong Chu ...
Fung Sei (as Chu Kong)
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Sgt. Tsang Yeh (as Tsang Kong)
Fui-On Shing ...
Wong Hoi (as Shing Fui On)
Wing-Cho Yip ...
Wong Dung-Yu
Fan Wei Yee ...
Paul Yau
Barry Wong ...
Chief Insp. Dou / Tu
Parkman Wong ...
Insp. Chan Bok
Siu-Hung Ng ...
A Killer
Yamson Domingo ...
Bodyguard A
Siu Hung Ngan ...
Bodyguard B
Kwong Leung Wong ...
Wong Tong
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A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. Written by Jeff Hansen <jmh@umich.edu>

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One Vicious Killer. One Relentless Cop... ...Ten Thousand Bullets. See more »


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Rated R for pervasive strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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James Horner's music from Red Heat (1988) is used throughout the film, as well as a cue from the training sequence of Hero and the Terror (1988). The director of "Red Heat" is Walter Hill, who was later going to remake this film before he pulled out. See more »

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The same bearded villain dies twice. Once in the shootout at Ah Jong apartment and later in the shootout at the church. See more »

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Joe (Cantonese)/Jeffrey (English): I always leave one bullet, either for myself or for my enemy.
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This is like no other action film!
19 March 2001 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Of all John Woo's bullet-ridden action movies, this is his greatest. You see many of Mr. Woo's "trademarks" (flying doves, reflections in mirrors, very strong Catholic symbolism) that appear in his inferior American directed films (save Face Off) first in this Hong Kong cinema classic. Sure the violence is over the top, the plot only adequate, the sentimentalism a little thick. The actions scenes are filmed with such, I dare say beauty, that no Hollywood 'by the numbers' action film can possibly compete. While this film is not for the squeamish or those offended by excessive and rather graphic violence, if you are in any way a fan of action films - you mush see this movie (and many other John Woo directed films during his Hong Kong days, i.e. Hardboiled, A Better Tomorrow, etc).


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