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

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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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Complete credited cast:
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Ah Jong (as Chow Yun Fat)
Danny Lee ...
Sally Yeh ...
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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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Trivia

Hark Tsui was extremely unhappy with this film and wanted to have it completely recut. For example, he felt that the focus of the movie should be on the cop instead of the killer. Thereforr, he wanted the film to start with the scene that introduces the cop. The shootout in the restaurant, during which the killer blinds Sally Yeh, was to be completely cut and only inserted in flashbacks later in the movie. Neither director John Woo nor editor David Wu were going to re-edit the film to Tsui's demands and, due to a tight schedule (the film was going to premiere in Taiwan in a short time and some 100 cinemas had already booked it), Hark didn't have the time to mess with the film. The movie was a huge success when it premiered in Taiwan, which made Hark so furious that he (allegedly) threw things out of his office window. 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 »

Quotes

Sydney: I did it for you, Jeff, the only friend I ever had.
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References The Mystery of Oberwald (1980) See more »

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Once In A Lifetime
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A true masterpiece
30 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first watched the killer on recommendation i thought i would hate it...how wrong i was.It was obvious i was watching a classic from the opening credits with a lingering shot of hong kong and a somewhat sad tune playing in the background. The story starts with ah jong an assassin hired to pull off a hit job at a nightclub during the assassination he accidentally blinds a piano singer-jenny.Feeling guilty for what he has done he decides the only way to redeem himself is too help her get a cornea transplant and the rest...you will have to find out yourself.

John woo is known for directing heart pounding action sequences and these are as heart pounding as they get the final shoot out in the church is tense and exciting.The cinematography is excellent and often beautiful th camera works wonders and extreme close ups of faces are used effectively SPOILERS AHEAD.The ending of the killer is possibly the most downbeat in the history of cinema and nearly brought me too tears(ah jong's eyes explode after being shot several times).The killer is something you do not see in modern day movies...a film with a true meaning this story is of ethics honour and redemption and thats what makes it a classic.


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