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The Killer (1989)

Dip huet seung hung (original title)
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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Ah Jong (as Chow Yun Fat)
... Insp. Li Ying / Little Eagle
... Jennie
Kong Chu ... Fung Sei (as Chu Kong)
... Sgt. Tsang Yeh (as Tsang Kong)
... Wong Hoi (as Shing Fui On)
Wing-Cho Yip ... Wong Dung-Yu
Fan Wei Yee ... Paul Yau
... 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 Hung
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A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. Written by Jeff Hansen <jmh@umich.edu>

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One Vicious Hitman. One Fierce Cop. Ten Thousand Bullets. See more »


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

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| (USA) (2002) (R-rated) | (extended)

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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The same boat appears twice behind Jeffrey at the docks while he's calling Jenny. See more »

Quotes

Joe (Cantonese)/Jeffrey (English): They aren't just gonna let me walk out. I have no future! Can't you see that? Walk out and tell 'em you're a cop; see what happens to you! You think that'll make any difference?
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References Hero and the Terror (1988) See more »

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Title Song
Music by Lowell Lo
Lyrics by James Wong
Sung by Sally Yeh
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This is like no other action film!
19 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Of all John Woo's bullet-ridden action movies, this is his greatest. You see many of Mr. Woo's "trademarks" (flying doves, reflections in mirrors, very strong Catholic symbolism) that appear in his inferior American directed films (save Face Off) first in this Hong Kong cinema classic. Sure the violence is over the top, the plot only adequate, the sentimentalism a little thick. The actions scenes are filmed with such, I dare say beauty, that no Hollywood 'by the numbers' action film can possibly compete. While this film is not for the squeamish or those offended by excessive and rather graphic violence, if you are in any way a fan of action films - you mush see this movie (and many other John Woo directed films during his Hong Kong days, i.e. Hardboiled, A Better Tomorrow, etc).


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