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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.


Wei Tung (as Tung Wai)


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Fu
Eric Tsang ... Ngok Lo
Simon Yam ... Officer Chan Kwan
Gigi Leung ... Kiki (as GiGi Leung)
Timmy Ho Timmy Ho ... David Wu
Kwong-Kim Yip Kwong-Kim Yip ... Martin (as Ip Kwong Kim)
John Ching ... Kau (as Chen Tung)
Keiji Sato ... Eiji Tsukamoto (as Sato Keiji)
Hideri Meiken Hideri Meiken ... Sasaki (as Hidari Meiken)
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Mr. Tsukamoto (as Sahara Kenji)
Paul Rapovski Paul Rapovski ... Tall Guy - Eiji's Bodyguard
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng ... Father at Amusement Park (as Ng Chi Hung)
Ta Lei ... Leung (as Tat Lui)
Jude Poyer ... Assassin
Shing-Hung Leung Shing-Hung Leung ... Brother Dog's Man


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


In the scene where they are buying clothes for Jet Li's character, Jet dresses up as several well known movie hitmen, such as Léon in Léon: The Professional (1994) and Mark in A Better Tomorrow (1986). See more »


During the carnival scene where Fu knocks the gun out of his friend's hand, it switches from being a 1911 clone to a Beretta. When Ngok Lo picks it up, it switches back to being a 1911, but when he drops the gun it becomes a Beretta again. 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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Alternate Versions

The US version, that is released by Columbia/TriStar (under the name "Contract Killer"), is cut by about 6 mins. The original version of the film, which it's original English title was "Hitman," runs at about 104 mins. The US version runs at 98 mins. Also, the original music has been removed and replaced with a soundtrack containing mostly rap and the English dub that is on Columbia/TriStar's version dumbs down the original version's dialog considerably. See more »


Spoofs Three Colors: Blue (1993) See more »


Secret Agent
Written and Performed by Foreign Legion
Courtesy of Insiduous Urban Records
Published by Foreign Legion (BMI)
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User Reviews

Not Jet Li's best, but entertaining
20 September 2020 | by dworldeaterSee all my reviews

The Hitman is Jet Li's last movie he made in Hong Kong before making his US debut in Lethal Weapon 4. It has a good support cast with Eric Tsang and Simon Yam. This is light-hearted and sometimes goofy action flick with a convoluted plot and some out of place comedy in what should be a wall to wall action film. The action that is in it is awesome with Jet Li's usual super human kung fu skills as well as a heavy dose of gunplay. Had the film been a little more serious, it would have went a long way. However, the action here is awesome and is a better movie than the Chuck Norris movie of the same name. However, not by a lot, especially if you take the action out of it.

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Hong Kong

Release Date:

3 April 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Contract Killer See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (USA) (dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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