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The Replacement Killers -- In exchange for his family's safety in Beijing, an assassin takes a job with a powerful underworld figure to settle a deadly vendetta against a police officer.
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Kill or be replaced. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Yun-Fat Chow ... John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat)

Mira Sorvino ... Meg Coburn

Michael Rooker ... Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov

Kenneth Tsang ... Terence Wei

Jürgen Prochnow ... Michael Kogan (as Jurgen Prochnow)

Til Schweiger ... Ryker

Danny Trejo ... Collins

Clifton Collins Jr. ... Loco (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)

Carlos Gómez ... Hunt (as Carlos Gomez)

Frank Medrano ... Rawlins

Leo Lee ... Lam

Patrick Kilpatrick ... Pryce

Randall Duk Kim ... Alan Chan
Andrew J. Marton ... Stevie
Sydney Coberly ... Sara
Yau-Gene Chan ... Peter Wei

Carlos Leon ... Romero

Nicki Micheaux ... Technician

Max Daniels ... Smuggler
James Wing Woo ... Priest
Albert Wong ... Old Man

Christopher Doyle ... Thug (as Chris Doyle)

Joe Bucaro III ... Thug (as Joey Bucaro III)
Robert Apisa ... Thug (as Bob Apisa)
Norm Compton ... Thug (as Norm F. Compton)
Cle Sloan ... Banger (as Cle Shaheed Sloan)
Paul Higgins ... Banger

James Lew ... Bodyguard

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Gangster

Eddie Perez ... Gangster
Mario Roberts ... Gangster

Jimmy Ortega ... Gangster
Richard L. Duran ... Gangster (as Richard Duran)
David Gene Gibbs ... Helicopter Pilot
Rodger LaRue ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nicole Abramson ... Mourner (uncredited)
Chadney Brewer ... Arcade Goon (uncredited)
Matthew Hurley ... Arcade Goon (uncredited)

Al Leong ... Terence Wei Gunman (uncredited)

Bob Minor ... Cop Arresting Meg (uncredited)
Shaun Ross ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Rocco Salata ... Swat Team Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Antoine Fuqua 
Writing credits
Ken Sanzel (written by)

Produced by
Matthew Baer .... executive producer
Bernie Brillstein .... producer
Terence Chang .... executive producer
Christopher Godsick .... executive producer
Brad Grey .... producer
Michael McDonnell .... co-producer
John Woo .... executive producer
Original Music by
Harry Gregson-Williams 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jay Cassidy 
Casting by
Wendy Kurtzman 
Production Design by
Naomi Shohan 
Art Direction by
David Lazan 
Set Decoration by
Evette Knight 
Costume Design by
Arianne Phillips 
Makeup Department
Katalin Elek .... makeup artist
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist
Ermahn Ospina .... key hair stylist
Collier Strong .... makeup artist: Ms. Sorvino & Mr. Chow
Ani Plotkin-Maloney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jim Dyer .... unit production manager (as James R. Dyer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Les Banda .... second assistant director: second unit
Maria Battle-Campbell .... second second assistant director (as Maria K. Battle)
Christopher T. Gerrity .... first assistant director: second unit
Allan Graf .... second unit director
Jeff Okabayashi .... second assistant director
Daniel Orozco .... dga trainee
Jeffrey Wetzel .... first assistant director
Art Department
Maike Both .... buyer
Audrey A. Johnson .... assistant property master
Kent H. Johnson .... property master
Kim Larsen-Santini .... on-set dresser: second unit (as Kim Larsen)
Jefferson Murff .... lead man
Jim Ondrejko .... construction coordinator (as Jimmy Ondrejko)
Grant Sawyer .... on-set dresser
Clare Scarpulla .... set designer
Jason Bartolone .... propmaker (uncredited)
Susan A. Burig .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Daragh Byrne .... carpenter (uncredited)
James Carson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Scott Edward Collins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Serge Genitempo .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Thierry Labbe .... set dresser (uncredited)
Natalie Richards .... illustrator (uncredited)
Brett V. Shirley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kurt Verbaarschott .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jim Wallis .... set designer (uncredited)
Ron Yates .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... production sound mixer
Christopher Assells .... sound editor
Karen Baker Landers .... supervising sound editor (as Karen M. Baker)
Bob Beher .... foley editor
Steve Birkett .... boom operator
Todd Egan .... sound assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Mark Gordon .... foley editor
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Dan Hegeman .... sound editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Jablonsky .... sound recordist
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley supervisor
Drake Jenevein .... sound assistant (as Drake Jonovin)
Dennis Johnson .... sound recordist
Constance A. Kazmer .... dialogue editor
Mark R. La Pointe .... dialogue editor (as Mark La Pointe)
Dean G. Manly .... adr editor (as Dean Manly)
Jennifer L. Mann .... foley editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Philip D. Morrill .... sound assistant (as Phillip Morrill)
Matt Patterson .... sound recordist
Gregg Silk .... sound recordist
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Scott Wolf .... sound editor
Jessy Bender .... sound utility (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steven D. Jensen .... special effects technician
Joe D. Ramsey .... special effects (as Joe Ramsey)
Visual Effects by
Ivy Agregan .... digital effects coordinator
Clint Colver .... compositor: SPI
Carole Cowley .... digital effects producer
John Decker .... compositor: SPI
Layne Friedman .... compositor: SPI
Brian Keeney .... production manager: SPI
Hal Miles .... digital artist
Kelley Ray .... visual effects supervisor
Sam Richards .... technical designer: SPI
Serge Sretschinsky .... compositor: SPI
Michelle Steinau .... high speed compositor: SPI
Jason Dost .... digital recording operator (uncredited)
Harrison Gibbs .... assistant visual effects editor (uncredited)
Anthony Harris .... visual effects timing coordinator (uncredited)
J.W. Kompare .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... technical assistant supervisor (uncredited)
Paul McGhee .... film scanning and recording (uncredited)
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera (uncredited)
Michael S. Pryor .... digital production manager: SPI (uncredited)
Doug Yoshida .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Michael Adams .... stunts
Sandy Berumen .... stunts
Jill Brown .... stunts
Alisa Christensen .... stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunts
Tanner Gill .... stunts
Al Goto .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator
Randall Huber .... stunts
Brian Imada .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Keii Johnston .... stunts
Mike Kelly .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts (as Henry M. Kingi)
John Koyama .... stunts
Al Leong .... stunts
A. Michael Lerner .... stunts
Clint Lilley .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Webster Whinery .... stunts
Tsuyoshi Abe .... stunts (uncredited)
Jennifer Badger .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jay Caputo .... stunts (uncredited)
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Marian Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Guercio .... stunts (uncredited)
Toby Holguin .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Ito .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Sidney S. Liufau .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Owen .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Paoli .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts (uncredited)
Shelby Swatek .... substitute stunt double: Mira Sorvino (uncredited)
Mitch Toles .... precision driver (uncredited)
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Lee Whittaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Workman .... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip (as Stuart M. Abramson)
Lloyd Ahern II .... director of photography: second unit
Guy Norman Bee .... camera operator
Carl Boles .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Mark Broneau .... best boy grip: second unit
Ron Cardarelli .... second grip (as Ronald Cardarelli)
Michael Cassidy .... second assistant camera: second unit
Don Davidson .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Donald K. Davidson)
Darrin DeLoach .... assistant camera
Mark W. Elias .... key grip: second unit
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer
Mark La Bonge .... camera operator: second unit
Frank Masi .... still photographer
Peter Mercurio .... first assistant camera
Sean J. O'Shea .... second assistant camera: second unit
Thomas J. Ruffner .... dolly grip
Adam Richard Sklena .... first assistant camera (as Adam Sklena)
Todd Slyapich .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jorge Sánchez .... first assistant camera: second unit
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography
Poly Veitzer .... second assistant camera
Marc Abramson .... grip (uncredited)
Mike Bonnaud .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Michael B. Corbett .... best boy: second unit (uncredited)
Scott Crabbe .... video operator (uncredited)
Donald D. Davidson .... electrician (uncredited)
Valeska Difrieri .... grip (uncredited)
David G. George .... video assist operator: second unit (uncredited)
Jay M. Huntoon .... video assist operator: second unit (uncredited)
Luis Moreno .... electrician (uncredited)
Juan Morse .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mindy Johnson .... casting assistant
Lee A. Miles .... extras casting (uncredited)
Vanessa Portillo .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy M. Craig .... set costumer
Joe McCloskey .... key costumer
Larry Velasco .... costume supervisor (as Lawrence Velasco)
Roberta Bilé .... costumer (uncredited)
Amanda Friedland .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Terry Claborn .... color timer
Richard Conkling .... assistant film editor
Peggy Davis .... first assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Andrew Loschin .... assistant film editor
Edgar Pablos .... post-production assistant (as Edgar B. Pablos)
Howard Davis .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Ralph Sall .... music supervisor
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
Ithaka Darin Pappas .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Martin Tillman .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rich Bennetti .... transportation co-captain
Jon Carpenter .... transportation captain
Shane Greedy .... transportation co-captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Brita McCollough .... driver (uncredited)
Brenda Ryan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Suzo Barzman .... assistant: Ms. Sorvino
Alexandra Close .... assistant: Mr. McDonnell
Emily Cummins .... assistant: Mr. Baer
Carline Davis-Dyer .... script supervisor (as Cariline Davis-Dyer)
Patricia L. DeShields .... production accountant
Richard Di Sabatino .... technical advisor
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach: Mr. Chow Yun-Fat (as Judi Dickerson)
Susan Ehrhart .... production assistant
Sherry Gallarneau .... script supervisor: second unit
David Gene Gibbs .... helicopter pilot
Ramiro Adan Gomez .... production assistant
Jennifer S. Gottlieb .... production assistant
Mick Gould .... technical advisor
Paul Guyot .... assistant: Mr. Chow
Justine Hebron .... assistant production coordinator
Justine Hebron .... production secretary
Stephanie Higgins Frey .... production assistant (as Stephanie Higgins)
Kent H. Johnson .... armorer
Kristen Kurczak .... production assistant
Dawn Lambertsen-Kelly .... assistant: Mr. Fuqua (as Dawn A. Lambertsen)
Rodger LaRue .... helicopter pilot
Kris Fullan Martinez .... production coordinator
Jim Morris .... location manager
Hoppy Munz Jr. .... craft service (as Hoppy Munz)
Claire Raskind .... unit publicist (as Claire S. Raskind)
Louis Farah .... set medic (uncredited)
Peter Hansen .... caterer: pastry chef (uncredited)
Dominique Jaramillo .... set medic (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (uncredited)
Michelene Mundo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Billy Smith .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... key set medic (uncredited)
Lori Tilkin .... assistant: Terence Chang (uncredited)
James P. Warren .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Debi West .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
John Woo .... advisor (uncredited)
John Woo .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Richard Francis-Bruce .... special thanks
Debra Hill .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong violence and for language
87 min | USA:96 min (extended cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Belgium:KNT | Canada:18A | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) (theatrical version) | Finland:K-18 (2007) (self applied) (extended version) | Finland:K-18 (35 mm) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (VHS) (1998) | France:-12 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (extended version)

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The Chinese character engraved on Lee's bullets means "death".See more »
Continuity: When John is sitting in the photo booth he closes his eyes for the final picture. Later, when Meg is fixing the passport, we see the three unused photos as well as the one that she uses, and in none of them are John's eyes closed.See more »
[John Lee points his gun at the back of Collins head, and Collins realizes his time is up]
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
papa sorvino is right to be proud, 13 June 2005
Author: loui-in-stlouis from st. louis

i think this movie rocks -- it is the best place to watch Mira Sorvino be entertaining and hot.

i just bought the DVD in a bargain bin and i can't stop watching it. OK it's a bit of a TV movie script. but it's a year ahead of the matrix, and i dare you to watch it without making production comparisons. in fact, i can't watch the matrix any more. so much for movies with great scripts.

so much of the goodness of this movie relies on Mira Sorvino's screen presence that it plays a bit like a bit music video -- it's just plain fun to see her on screen. Chow Yun Fat is good, and this American Chinese boy (me) likes seeing a hybrid movie like this... well, it's fun to see the Chinese guy wear nice suits and kick some a$$ too. i can't watch any of the crappy hong kong stuff that the other users seem to think is superior to this. i can see how HK martial arts lovers wouldn't like this -- it's a very different, very American movie. personally, i'd rather see more clones of this movie than more jackie chan.

hey, did i mention Mira Sorvino is hot? i even like the relationship chemistry that develops here -- sort of like the David Carradine character wandering the desert in the Kung Fu TV shows -- he never even gets to kiss the pretty girl who falls for his decency, but the mutual respect is better that way. more movies need to take this route.

i'm not a Mira watcher -- i've only seen her aphrodite and some awful film school $hit i'm sure she wishes she never made, and her happy day on the Oscar alumni stage. as a Harvard guy, i'm not sure i want to see her in romy and michelle. this was simply a great role for a very underutilized actress at the right time in her life during the era of east-west action fusion. if i were producing movies, i'd kick myself for not watching this movie sooner and taking advantage of Mira Sorvino in her prime. it's not too late -- check our her recent IMDb pics. papa sorvino was right -- his daughter is great, and anyone who says otherwise should get a cap in his knee. this movie is the proof.

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