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The Killer (1989) More at IMDbPro »Dip huet seung hung (original title)

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The Killer -- 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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September 1990 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Just about the coolest movie in the planet! See more (231 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Yun-Fat Chow ... Ah Jong (as Chow Yun Fat)
Danny Lee ... Insp. Li Ying / Little Eagle
Sally Yeh ... Jennie
Kong Chu ... Fung Sei (as Chu Kong)

Kenneth Tsang ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simon Broad ... Ah Jong (voice) (uncredited)
Dion Lam ... Wong Hoi's Thug (uncredited)
Chung Lin ... Jueng Wan / Ah Jong's First Victim (uncredited)
Hung Lu ... ReviewBboard Officer (uncredited)
Danny Ng ... Frank's Killer (uncredited)
Pierre Tremblay ... Wong Hoi (voice) (uncredited)
Hsiang Lin Yin ... Syndicate Man (uncredited)

Directed by
John Woo 
Writing credits
John Woo (written by)

Produced by
Hark Tsui .... producer (as Tsui Hark)
Original Music by
Lowell Lo  (as Lowell Lowe)
Cinematography by
Peter Pau  (as Peter Pao)
Wing-Hang Wong  (as Wong Wing Hang)
Film Editing by
Kung-Wing Fan  (as Fan Kung Ming)
Art Direction by
Man-Wah Luk  (as Luk Man Wah)
Set Decoration by
Jan-Ching Tai  (as Chun-Ching Tai)
Costume Design by
Shirley Chan 
Makeup Department
Yu Lai Cheng .... makeup artist
Benny Chow .... hair stylist
Judy Mann .... makeup artist
Yvonne Yen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Claudie Chung Jan .... executive in charge of production (as Claudie Chung)
Virginia Lau .... production manager
Roy Leung .... assistant production manager
Kwong-Hing Ngan .... unit manager (as Kwong-King Ngan)
Lai-Ping Tsang .... post-production supervisor
Deanne Yew .... production manager (as Deannie Yew)
Patrick Yip .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chi Ming Leung .... second assistant director (as Leung Chi Ming)
Patrick Leung .... first assistant director
Art Department
Wei-Kuo Hsu .... assistant art director
Shi Cheng Yang .... props
Sound Department
Siu-Lung Ching .... sound effects
Hsue-Yui Fung .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Yu Ting .... dubbing editor: cantonese
Siu-Tung Ching .... action coordinator (as Ching Siu Tung)
Siu-Tung Ching .... stunts
Chi-Ho Lau .... action coordinator (as Lau Chi Ho)
Chi-Ho Lau .... stunts
Bruce Law .... car stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kim-Kit Chik .... chief electrician
Kim-Kit Chik .... lighting technician
Wai-Ming Ip .... still photographer
Fok-Shing Kan .... electrician (as Fook Sing Kam)
Tak-Shing Lee .... chief electrician
Wai-Tak Lee .... assistant camera
Sau-Ting Shin .... still photographer
Jan-Wah Yuen .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ping Tong .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Chan-Kuen Pang .... assistant editor
Music Department
Susan Tang .... lyricist: theme song
James Wong .... lyricist: theme song
David Wu .... music editor
Sally Yeh .... singer: theme song
Other crew
Billie Chan .... unit publicist
Kathy Cheung .... production accountant
Janet Chin .... continuity
Janet Chun .... script supervisor
Sylvia Fung .... tea lady
Gloria Ho .... production security
Wysum Pao .... continuity
Chi-Wah Tse .... production assistant
Francois Frey .... press attache (uncredited)
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dip huet seung hung" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Bloodshed of Two Heroes" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Rated R for pervasive strong violence and some language (edited version)
111 min | Australia:96 min | Taiwan:141 min | 104 min (R-rated version) (USA) (2002) | 124 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:18 (uncut) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (edited version) | USA:X (original rating)

Did You Know?

John Woo had over 90 days to shoot the film, which was nearly double the amount of time that the average Hong Kong film was shot in the late 1980sSee more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: During the church shootout, Inspector Li tells Jeffrey that he doesn't know his name; while he uses the nicknames "Jeffrey" and "Mickey Mouse," he doesn't know his full Chinese name.See more »
Joe (Cantonese)/Jeffrey (English):They aren't just gonna let me walk out. I have no future! Can't you see that? Walk out and tell 'em you're a cop; see what happens to you! You think that'll make any difference?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Hit (1998)See more »
Title SongSee more »


What does the Chinese title of The Killer mean?
What are the differences between the French Extended Version and the Original Taiwanese Extended Version?
Is Chow Yun Fat's character called Jeffery or John?
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28 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Just about the coolest movie in the planet!, 19 December 2000
Author: Mika Pykäläaho ( from Järvenpää, Finland

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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