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The Replacement Killers (1998)

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A troubled hitman 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 hitman.



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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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When people need to disappear, they come to see Meg. When they're about to go, they never see John coming. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

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 USA:

$8,046,553, 8 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,967,571, 19 April 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mira Sorvino speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Chow Yun-Fat 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 »


In the opening scene, as John draws the second gun and twists around to shoot the last bodyguard, his tie ends up over his right arm as he shoots. In the overhead view after his last shot, his tie is back as it should be, but he hasn't moved. See more »


Meg Coburn: So you didn't want to kill a kid. Welcome to the human race.
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Chow Yun Fat chews up Hollywood perfectly!
22 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of CYF - for almost 30 years now. His on-screen persona is just the finest and he is one of the best actors out there!

But with other HK stars transfers to Hollywood - where the big wigs all claim that they know what is best - I was quite concerned for his debut.

Replacement Killers actually plays quite well!

Still carrying that 90's look, we are treated to 85 minutes of stylish Hong Kong wanna-be shoot outs and angles that sometimes overdoes the John Woo homages - some of which are pretty good, some that just ended up quite slow.

Regardless, it was a great introduction to the US audience for HK's coolest actor, and an enjoyable film nonetheless!

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