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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
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 »
[sipping some coffee]
[a secretary says it's decaf]
Decaf? What the hell's the point of that?
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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 »
It's not a Jet Li classic, but there's little to fault here.
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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