The Replacement Killers (1998)
In this Hong Kong action thriller, Chinese immigrant Lee used to be a professional killer. In order to protect his family, Lee is forced by gangster Wei to kill a police detective's seven-year-old son. Lee chooses to face Wei's vengeance rather than go through with the killing.
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Critic Reviews for The Replacement Killers
The John Woo school of the ballet of bullets gets a full dose of Sam Peckinpah under the steady hand of director Antoine Fuqua's finely framed tale of revenge.
The Replacement Killers is not a very good film, but it is impossible to deny that it has a certain beauty.
Will serve as a suitable replacement when [Chow Yun Fat's] better films are already rented out for the weekend.
The most dispiriting thing about The Replacement Killers is that it proves Chow [Yun-Fat]'s charisma repressible.
One cannot accuse Killers of possessing a kernel of intelligence, but it's still a stylish action film.
A fair action thriller is offered here but what a difference this movie would make from merely being fair to that of being a fist-full-of-frenzied fun. A mild recommendation at best.
The ever-charismatic Chow will certainly have no trouble winning new fans with his English language debut.
Audience Reviews for The Replacement Killers
A blistering, stylish, explosive and undeniably cool groove of an action movie. Director, Antoine Fuqua does here what Director, John Woo has done delivering plenty of excitement and energy. A hard-boiled action-thriller fueled with amazing gun-battles and a riveting performance by Chow Yun-Fat. An unforgettable adrenaline-rush from start to finish. An unstoppable and wickedly entertaining action-packed flick that delivers the goods.More
When a hired assassin fails to kill the young son of a detective for a ruthless drug runner, he and a hapless forger are hunted by his replacements. In this, Chow Yun Fat's Hollywood debut, he revisits his familiar assassin with honour character in a fairly standard action thriller. There's very little imagination or originality on display; the script does little more than contrive ways to keep our hero and the girl together while extras in bad suits with machine guns chase them around. Having said that, there's very little actually WRONG with it either. Chow is as charismatic as ever, Mira Sorvino is knuckle-bitingly cute and the set pieces are reasonably well handled. It avoids schmaltz and lame love scenes and at less than 90 minutes is wise enough to not outstay its welcome. Brainless yes, but the charisma of its star raises it (slightly) above the bog standard and its far from the worse US debut an Asian action star has had to endure.More
A very cool stylized action film with plenty of shoot outs and a good cast. If you missed this it's well worth a watch.More
This and that movie with Marky Mark just shows one thing clear: Hollywood has no idea how to pull out an action flick, or a crime drama, like HK.More
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