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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 »
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  (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
Alan Ng ... A Killer (as Siu-Hung Ng)
Yamson Domingo ... Bodyguard A
Siu Hung Ngan ... Bodyguard B
Kwong Leung Wong ... Wong Tong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simon Broad ... Ah Jong (voice: English version) (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
Hsueh-Yui Feng .... dubbing editor: mandarin (as Hsue-Yui Fung)
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
Stephen Wong Chi-Sing .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Shing Fui-On (uncredited)
Chu Chi Chung .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Danny Lee (uncredited)
Francois Frey .... press attache (uncredited)
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Yeung Zit Hong .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Barry Wong Ping-Yu (uncredited)
Chan Wing Shun .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Ricky Yi Fan-Wai (uncredited)
Chan Wing Shun .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Tommy Wong (uncredited)
Chan Wing Shun .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Yip Wing-Cho (uncredited)
Doris Lo So-Kuen .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Sally Yeh (uncredited)
Kenneth Chan Yan .... Cantonese voice dubbing: Parkman Wong Pak-Man (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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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:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | 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 (certificate #39476) (edited version) | USA:X (original rating)

Did You Know?

The religious aspect was inspired by Mean Streets (1973). John Woo said that the imagery was used to show that "God is welcoming, no matter if it's a good or a bad man, everyone is welcome".See more »
Continuity: The cars change during the chase.See more »
Johnny Weng:Sometimes I think you're not human.
Sydney:Sometimes dogs are superior to men.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Dirties (2013)See more »
Title SongSee more »


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73 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
John Woo is the master, 12 July 1999
Author: Anardil from Toronto, Canada

Before seeing a genuine Hong-Kong produced John Woo movie, I thought I knew what action was, and what the action-movie genre was capable of. I was wrong. The Killer was the single most impressive, awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping action movie I had seen in years, and is now one of my favourite movies of any genre. It is #2 on my all-time list.

Why? First of all, the well-known poetic violence of the super-charged action scenes make for a tremendously exciting film. These combine choreographed bloodshed (there is an almost constant stream of bullets) with raw emotion that puts even the best Hollywood actioners to shame. Look at Hollywood action movies today; almost all Hollywood action is inspired (not to mention plagiarised) from the "heroic bloodshed films," the best of which is The Killer.

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are only the most obvious examples of American directors to put Woo's trademark stylized violence to use, and neither handle it as well as Woo.

But beyond this, the characters and the story are what drive this movie and what truly set it apart. The story of the relentless cop and the vicious killer is only the latest in a long line of detective stories, starting with Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe in the 19th century, and continuing in every cop show on TV today. The hero and the villain are practically the same; they are only divided by an almost arbitrary line called the law. In The Killer, both "Mickey Mouse" and "Dumbo" are unrelenting, capable, though misunderstood, professionals. Their motivations differ, but they both have the killer instinct. The classic storyline of the interaction of the two characters who eventually realize their similarities and end up working together has been seen before, but never has it been used to such effect as in The Killer.

Woo's familiar themes of brotherhood, betrayal and loyalty also reach their cinematic peak in this movie. The viewer not only wants to see the next pyrotechnic action scene, but is actually concerned with the lives of the characters, an element that is almost always lacking in typical Hollywood fare.

Finally, the gun-battle scenes, when they come, are simply the most spectacular, mind-blowingly violent, yet strangely beautiful, action scenes ever imagined or filmed. And last but not least, is the unbelievably powerful screen presence of Chow Yun-Fat, as always cool incarnate. His effortless lead and the tension created by his playing off of co-star Danny Lee make The Killer as close as I have yet seen to the perfect action movie. I recommend it to any hard-core action fan and also suggest Hard-Boiled, though Woo's American efforts thus far have not been up to his Hong Kong works.

Rating: 10

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