The Replacement Killers (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 February 1998 (USA)
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Failing to kill anymore because of his conscience, a troubled hit-man seeks aid from a forger to help him get papers to China. However, the drug-lord has hired replacements to finish the job and kill the hit-man.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)
Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton ...
Sydney Coberly ...


John Lee is the best hitman money can buy. But when John refuses to kill because of the seven year-old son of his target, John's bosses send someone after John to kill him and then take his place in the ring of hitmen. John then teams up with Meg Coburn to help him escape these "Replacement Killers." Written by Anonymous

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Conscience has no place in the heart of an assassin. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos sustitutos  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,200,000 (Non-US) (23 January 1998)


£359,183 (UK) (19 June 1998)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mira Sorvino speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Yun-Fat Chow is a Cantonese Chinese native speaker but can also speak some Mandarin. Sorvino was able to help translate for Chow who was just learning English at the time. See more »


During the shootout at the arcade, Ryker uses an MP5K in a briefcase. If the briefcase were actually used in this manner, the shooter would most likely end up with a calf-full of lead. The proper technique of employing an MP5K in a briefcase (as taught by the HK International Training Div.) is to hold it with both hands and brace it against the chest/stomach (muzzle toward the target, of course). See more »


Meg Coburn: Hostage etiquette: kidnapper pays the incidentals.
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5 April 2000 | by (CARDIFF, WALES) – See all my reviews

This Hollywood debut for Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun Fat does no disgrace to the image of the cool as ice heroic persona established in his Chinese movies.He is not asked to do much here other than engage in long and protracted but beautifully filmed gunfights which he performs with consummate ease and establishes a persona which should serve him well in subsequent projects.A memo however to stupid British movie critics who called this a kung fu movie and referred to Mr.Fat as a martial arts star.There is no kung fu to speak of in this movie and the star is not famed for his skills in this field.Maybe British critics did not even bother to see this movie but just pretended they did assuming that it was a chop-socky flick.I wouldn't put it past them.

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