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Hitman (1998)

Sat sau ji wong (original title)
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Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.


(as Tung Wai)


(as Chan Heng Ka), (as Cheng Kam Fu) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ngok Lo
Officer Chan Kwan
Gigi Leung ...
Kiki (as GiGi Leung)
Timmy Ho ...
David Wu
Kwong Kim Yip ...
Martin (as Ip Kwong Kim)
John Ching ...
Kau (as Chen Tung)
Keiji Sato ...
Eiji Tsukamoto (as Sato Keiji)
Hideri Meiken ...
Sasaki (as Hidari Meiken)
Kenji Sahara ...
Mr. Tsukamoto (as Sahara Kenji)
Paul Rapovski ...
Tall Guy - Eiji's Bodyguard
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng ...
Father at Amusement Park (as Ng Chi Hung)
Ta Lei ...
Shing-hung Leung ...
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Financially troubled, a newbie hitman reluctantly takes the job of finding the plotted killer of a Japanese tycoon, but things complicate when the tycoon is killed and he is forced to ally with a misfortunate hitman to find the "King of the Hitman." Written by ravedragon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An army of one... for hire.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Contract Killer  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (USA) (dubbed)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only Hong Kong movie where Jet Li dubbed his own voice. See more »


Kwan: [sipping some coffee] What's this?
[a secretary says it's decaf]
Kwan: Decaf? What the hell's the point of that?
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Spoofs Léon: The Professional (1994) See more »


Same Story
Written by E. Hamilton / C.A. Johnson / J.A. Baker
Performed by Chriss K. Kane
Courtesy of Alfred E. Daddy
Published by Mobaka Music/Cat Nip Music/Fresh Corp. Music (all ASCAP)
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User Reviews

It's not a Jet Li classic, but there's little to fault here.
19 December 2000 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Hitman is a good solid action comedy which calls upon Jet Li to do a little more acting than usual. The cast is good, with Eric Tsang standing out particularly, and Heiji Sato making a decent debut as the nasty Japanese guy (there seem to be a lot of these in Hong Kong movies). Action scenes are relatively thin on the ground but what's there is of a good standard - although you might expect better from "Hong Kong's greatest action export".

What's most refreshing about this film is its understatement. The plot isn't anything special but it's pretty water-tight, and the action is all pretty believable if unspectacular.

One thing I particularly liked about Hitman was the way that different languages were used throughout the film (without using dubbing as in The Black Sheep Affair). This contributes to the overall realistic feel of the film and is something I would like to see more on screen. This aside, there is nothing particularly innovative here, but nothing worth criticising either - a film I could recommend to people who don't usually enjoy foreign martial arts movies.

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