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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
Barry Wong ...
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Parkman Wong ...
Insp. Chan Bok
Siu-Hung Ng ...
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Yamson Domingo ...
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Siu Hung Ngan ...
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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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Rated R for pervasive strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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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 »

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When Jeff goes to the back room in the first gun battle at the bar, a man takes aim at him from behind the bar counter with a shotgun. Jeff turns his attention to another man with a gun, and then looks back to the man behind the bar, who is seen putting the shotgun into firing position once more. See more »

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Lee: I wish I could have a friend like you.
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"Easy to pick up, hard to put down."
28 July 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Chow Yun Fat and John Woo strike again. The Killer is not your run of the mill action flick. It features characters you care about, jaw-dropping action sequences, and , best of all, Chow Yun Fat. He's always supercool. Chow and co-star Danny Lee play very similar characters but are on opposite sides of the law. It makes the film work very well. The heroes can relate to one another because they have both injured the innocent while doing their jobs. Another great actor in the film is Kong Chu in the role of Sydney, the one handed hitman. Being in the middle of the fray, he makes for an interesting character. There is a great scene involving Sydney's betrayal. Chow is so amazing with his emotions in this scene. He's not just an international action superstar, he's an underrated and incredible actor as well. That's what makes The Killer more than just another action movie. Woo's direction always helps too. The Killer boasts one of the best and most epic shootouts in film history. Woo's older films are as stylistic as they get, I mean stylistic as hell. Chow Yun Fat and John Woo make an incredible duo. Nicholas Cage is no replacement, it's high time they work together again.


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