The Replacement Killers (1998)



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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.
R (violence, language)
Action & Adventure
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Yun-Fat Chow
as John Lee
Mira Sorvino
as Meg Coburn
Michael Rooker
as Stan Zeedo Zedkov
Jürgen Prochnow
as Michal Kogan
Kenneth Tsang
as Terence Wei
Danny Trejo
as Collins
Randall Duk Kim
as Alan Chan
Frank Medrano
as Rawlins
Leo Lee
as Lam
Carlos León
as Romero
Yau-Gene Chan
as Peter Wei
Nicki Micheaux
as Technician
Max Daniels
as Smuggler
Albert Wong
as Old Man
Bob Apisa
as Thug
Paul Higgins
as Banger
James Lew
as Bodyguard
Eddie Perez
as Gangster
Mario Roberts
as Gangster
Jimmy Ortega
as Gangster
Richard L. Duran
as Gangster
David Gene Gibbs
as Helicopter Pilot
Rodger LaRue
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for The Replacement Killers

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)'s ultimately impossible not to wonder what Chow, making his English-language debut here, was thinking when he signed up for the project.

Full Review… | March 9, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | May 19, 2009

An unworthy vehicle for a great star like Chow Yun-fat.

Full Review… | April 27, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

The Replacement Killers is not a very good film, but it is impossible to deny that it has a certain beauty.

January 28, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Will serve as a suitable replacement when [Chow Yun Fat's] better films are already rented out for the weekend.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

Style over substance all the way, but at least it's not boring.

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
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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.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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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.

Dean King
Dean King

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