The Killer (Dip huet seung hung) (1989)
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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Though John Woo's lifelong admiration of Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, Martin Scorsese, and Stanley Kubrick are also evident in this stylish actioner, the film is essentially a tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville and his cult thriller Le Samouraï. During a restaurant shoot-out, hitman Jeff (Chow Yun-Fat) accidentally hurts the eyes of a singer (Sally Yeh). Later, he meets the girl and discovers that if she does not have a very expensive operation very soon, she will go blind. To get the money for the
Jul 6, 1989 Wide
Jan 1, 1998
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A lot of claims have been made for this campy bloodbath concerto by Hong Kong director John Woo, and I must admit that he's even better than Brian De Palma at delivering emotional and visceral excess with staccato relentlessness.
The director repeatedly places the viewer at the center of the crossfire and turns the gyrating camera into the next best thing to a lethal weapon.
One of the few films to hold a legitimate claim to the title of Greatest Action Movie of All Time.
For as over the top as [Woo's] shootouts tend to be, the ones in The Killer are some of his most excessive.
Another of [Director] Woo's early masterpieces with Chow Yun Fat at the top of his game...
An explosive, highly-entertaining actioner
The best marriage of intense, exciting, bloody action with a strong, affecting story I have ever seen.
A masterful, beautiful and deeply-felt action movie that reinvents the genre.
In the world of John Woo's over-the-top action movies, it seems there's no problem that can't be solved by a hail of bullets. Don't be fooled; The Killer is far more than the sum of its plot elements.
Good John Woo movie. Over the top action scenes, and a heartfelt story about remorse.
A blood-soaked and lead-poisoned calling card to Western audiences from John Woo and Chow Yun Fat.
Of course, Woo's established strength is the shootout. Characteristically they exhibit each party's strengths: the hero's agility, the enemy's numbers, and the formidable ratio between them.
It is one of the great movies (not film, but movie; there's a difference) of al time, as perfect an action film as one could ask for.
It's one of the rare action movies in which you really care about the fate of the characters.
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- Detective "Eagle" Lee: Do all killers have a sense of honor?
- Jeffrey Chow: The world has changed. Honor is now a dirty word.
- Sgt. Randy Chang: You can't win all the time. But you can't lose forever, either.
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