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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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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 ...
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Siu Hung Ngan ...
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Kwong Leung Wong ...
Wong Tong
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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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September 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

During the assassination at the boat race, Ah Jong wraps a bandana around his left hand. At the time that this scene was filmed, Yun-Fat Chow was simultaneously working on A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989); on the set of that film, he cut his finger on the front sight of an Uzi submachine gun during a stunt. Afterwards, he went straight to the set of this film to shoot the assassination scene, with his hand still injured and the bandana wrapped around it. John Woo decided to include this in the film. See more »

Goofs

The same boat appears twice behind Jeffrey at the docks while he's calling Jenny. See more »

Quotes

Lee: Do all killers have a sense of honor?
Joe (Cantonese)/Jeffrey (English): The world has changed. Honor is now a dirty word.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Title Song
Music by Lowell Lowe
Lyrics by James Wong
Sung by Sally Yeh
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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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