The Killer (1989) Poster



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Remade as 


Dumbo (1941)
The nickname is used in some English dubtitle translations.
Duel in the Sun (1946)
finale w/ Gregory Peck & Jennifer Jones
Yojimbo (1961)
The beach shootout where Jeff saves the little girl is Woo's homage to Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo
Zulu (1964)
An Outlaw (1964)
The "sunglasses gag" (where Jeff sees the reflection of his would-be killers in his sunglasses) was taken from Narazumo
Le Samourai (1967)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Chow Yun-Fat's character plays the harmonica in a way rather similar to Charles Bronson's Harmonica.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Jeff and Li's "Mexican standoff" in Jennie's apartment was inspired by Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, as well as the "pep talk" to each other before they enter the last part of the church shootout.
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Shining (1980)
Jennie's "vision" of Jeff behind a sea of blood is taken from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
The Mystery of Oberwald (1980)
finale w/ Monica Vitti in this film by Antonioni
10 to Midnight (1983)
Execution scene is alluded to.
Red Heat (1988)
The original score was partially re-used in John Woo's "The Killer" from 1989
Hero and the Terror (1988)
use of cue from David Michael Frank's score

Referenced in 

Operation Pink Squad II (1989)
"Big Nose" fantasizes that he is Chow Yun-Fat in The Killer while imagining ways to punish his wife and the police captain who he believes are having an affair.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Full Contact (1992)
Rapid Fire (1992)
Similar use of slow motion. Certain shots pay homage to this movie.
The Crow (1994)
Final climactic battle in a church, many characters also shot while using two pistols too
Desperado (1995)
Antonia Banderas's character shoots using two guns.
Crying Freeman (1995)
Quoted by director Christophe Gans
Heat (1995)
Face/Off (1997)
final shootout takes place at a church
Jackie Brown (1997)
Ordells talks about how his clients want to buy dual 45s because the want to be like "The Killer"
Hard Rain (1998)
The Big Hit (1998)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Cowboy Bebop: Ballad of Fallen Angels (1998) (TV Episode)
the major action setpiece in the church.
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
The Mummy (1999)
Brendan Fraser's character shoots using two guns.
Sanctuary (1999) (Short)
Hit men dressed in the traditional John Woo hit man garb.
Spaced: Battles (1999) (TV Episode)
the gun face-off
Max Payne (2001) (Video Game)
The shooting and use of bullet time mechanics were an inspiration.
Naked Weapon (2002)
The Murder at "Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival"
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Action scene takes place in a church, like it is featured in the climax of "The Killer"
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Was one of three films shown to Uma Thurman to prepare her for her role as The Bride.
The Making of 'Kill Bill' (2003) (TV Short)
mentioned once
The Memory of a Killer (2003)
Jeffrey (Yun-Fat Chow), wearing a white shirt, gets shot in his leftarm and uses fire to close the wound. The killer in De Zaak Alzheimer does the exact same thing. Plus, a sculpture of the Holy Virgin Mary gets shot to pieces, just like in The Killer. The director of De Zaak Alzheimer (Erik Van Looy) is a big John Woo fan.
Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino 2003 (2003) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned during interview.
Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger the Movie: Full Blast Action (2004) (Short)
Deka Red engages Volka in a gun fight with two guns then battle in a church complete with doves.
What Goes Around... (2006)
What Goes Around... (2006) pays homage to Dip hyut shueng hung (1989) as it is mentioned by name and watched by Talal, the main character.
Hitman: Blood Money (2006) (Video Game)
Uses a climactic Heroic Bloodshed styled shootout in a Church
Appleseed Ex Machina (2007)
the famous action scene in the church.
Hitman (2007)
in the subway scene, Agent 47 and another Hitman do a little 'ballet of bloodshed' dance in almost the exact same why Chow Yun Fat and Danny Lee do in Jennie's apartment in The Killer. The movement, camera angle and choreography is nod to John Woo's HK film.
The Boondocks: Shinin' (2007) (TV Episode)
Thugnificent's says his statue is based on the film
Il solitario (2008)
The reference is in Moriero's torture scenes.
Luck by Chance (2009)
Song of Sally yeh has been copied which can be listened in background music
Heroic Bloodshed (2009) (Short)
Specific camera shots and stunts are reproduced in tribute to this John Woo film
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Heavy Duty shots using two machine guns at the same time
Machete (2010)
the church shootout is referenced.
Castle: Always (2012) (TV Episode)
Castle says to Beckett, "I will be distracting myself with a double feature of The Killer and Hard Boiled".
Alex Cross (2012)
The church scene contains references to John Woo's The Killer and its church scenes, including a dove picture and reminiscent background music.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
Theme song by 'Sally Yeh' played in Dragon Inn scene.
The Prisoners Dilemma (2012) (Short)
Scene with sad Vito smoking thoughtfully to harmonica music was inspired by the ending of this movie by 'John Woo'.
The Last Tycoon (2012)
Gun fight in church is a homage to the film.
The Dirties (2013)
DVD is shown in Matt's room.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown ("The Killer").
Best of the Worst: High Voltage, Death Spa, and Space Mutiny (2014) (TV Episode)
Rich alludes to it.


Hero and the Terror (1988)
Part of David Frank's score was used

Featured in 

Century of Cinema: Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (1998) (TV Episode)
An excerpt from this film is featured.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Scary Held at Gunpoint Scenes (2017) (TV Episode)
Blindsided is #8.

Spoofed in 

The Simpsons: Lady Bouvier's Lover (1994) (TV Episode)
The moment where Bart and Mr. Burns hold guns at each other's temples spoofs the film.
You Shoot, I Shoot (2001)
At a film shooting location, the "boss" who admires "Die Xue Shuang Xion" instructs the director to add some flying doves to an assassination scene.
No Problem 2 (2002)
Street of Pain (2003) (Short)
one white dove is crossing the screen just as in The Killer, and is then followed by many more
The Supermarket (2009)
Heroic bloodshed food fight

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