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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.

Director:

Wei Tung (as Tung Wai)

Writers:

Hing-Ka Chan (as Chan Heng Ka), Kam Fu Cheng (as Cheng Kam Fu) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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An army of one... for hire.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

3 April 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Contract Killer See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where they are buying clothes for Jet Li's character, Jet dresses up as several well known movie hitmen, the most obvious is Leon (the Professional) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Spoofs A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Spark LA
Written by K. Griego, O. Jackson
Performed by DJ Design featuring Quaimoto
Courtesy of Stones Throw Records
Published by Stones Throw Publishing (ASCAP)
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Style Clash
13 January 2006 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

Jet Li (Hero, Black Mask etc.) and Erik Tsang (Infernal Affairs) star in this wire fu action flick with an identity crisis. We start in kind of Jackie Chan territory with plenty of humour with Li a bumbling incompetent hit-man and Tsang a small time crook getting involved in a multi-million dollar 'hit'. As the film goes on all the comedy moments are forgotten and we begin to move into a serious action flick involving a bit more gun play than the usual Jet Li film, in fact it comes across at times as a cross between a Jet Li film and a John Woo heroic bloodshed type affair.

The action sequences are all to the high standard expected of Jet with a few added gun play sequences. Li is very likable in the lead role and Tsang is very good in his sidekick role showing a different persona to his performance in Infernal affairs.

Overall a fairly good hong kong action flick but the differing styles clash at times 6/10


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