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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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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
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Parkman Wong ...
Insp. Chan Bok
Siu-Hung Ng ...
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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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John Woo:  [reflection]  Jeffrey sees a reflection of the thug in his sunglasses on the boat docks, an in the window of his apartment. See more »

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Just about the coolest movie in the planet!
19 December 2000 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Warning for an action-film lovers: after John Woo's totally brilliant ultra-violent masterpiece "Die xue shuang xiong /The Killer", American action movie is not worth one penny. It's so great and extraordinary words can't simply describe it! I watched it twice on a movie theater. Regretfully I didn't get a chance to see it a third time on cinema but subsequently I've watched it over and over again on VHS and it still kicks ass - harder and harder every time I see it!

This is the reason why I'm slightly against Woo's current career in Hollywood. He could never stretch himself to do anything like this in America! All the actors are too fantastic to be true: Danny Lee (as Lee), Sally Yeh (as Jennie), Chu Kong (as Sydney) and especially charismatic Chow Yun-Fat in the leading role as the killer Jeffrey ("I always save the last bullet - either for myself, or my enemy"). When he draws his guns and starts to use 'em we know who's the unconditional king of action!

Intelligent and profound story is hard and unsparing but somehow truly beautiful. Score is delightful: lovely and engaging and a bit sad. Charming song as performed by Jennie captivates in an unimaginable way. Bottomless, thrilling and balletic action just gets wilder and wilder and the stupendous end sequence in the church is definitely the craziest shoot-out in the history of movies and it's so cool I almost cry when I see it in an emotional moment. That's the magic of Woo. "The Killer" is a spectacular masterpiece! It's just perfect as hell and above any American film ever. John Woo's "Bullet in the head" (1990) is the only motion picture I know that gets higher than this in my book.


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