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The Killer (1989)

Dip huet seung hung (original title)
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)
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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
Alan Ng ...
A Killer (as Siu-Hung Ng)
Yamson Domingo ...
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Siu Hung Ngan ...
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Kwong Leung Wong ...
Wong Hung
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Storyline

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

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John Woo dedicated this film to Martin Scorsese. See more »

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

Quotes

Joe (Cantonese)/Jeffrey (English): Are you always so determined?
Lee: Yes, it's my style.
Joe (Cantonese)/Jeffrey (English): Mine too.
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References Le Samouraï (1967) See more »

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Title Song
Music by Lowell Lowe
Lyrics by James Wong
Sung by Sally Yeh
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30 June 2003 | by (Memphis, TN) – See all my reviews

First of all, I am disgusted by some of these reviews. Modern action has been overrun by special effects and stuntmen with death wishes (not that I'm complaining), but one must consider the time and the place. It's not the world of the Matrix or the Human-Cyborg War (or whatever it's called) in the Terminator, it's Hong Kong in the 1980's with counterfeiting, hostile Chinese syndicates. It doesn't have to be a big budget feature to be great. Clerks by Kevin Smith had a minute budget, but it made Smith famous.

I digress. Woo creates a sensitive and emotionally complex... assassin. To make him reconsider his job as a professional killing machine Jeffrey, the killer, blinds a lounge singer, Jenny. He swears to himself that he will end his career after one last job. Woo introduces us to the concept, like you see in A Better Tomorrow, that you can never leave a Triad even if you try your hardest. With an hour of attempting, Jeff realizes the horrible truth. Rarely does Woo bring in this feeling of absolute futility in his work. After losing his best friend, Jeff has crossed the Rubicon in his attempts and must end his ties to it by ending his everyone's but his own, excluding Jenny and Inspector Lee. Some people dislike the final shootout, but the doves and the Christian symbology adds a touch that drives religious and heroic bloodshed to the minds of the audience. On a personal note, I love it. The last few seconds depict a man, perhaps Lee, playing a harmonica in front of the church for reasons I don't know.


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