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Killer, The ( Dip huet seung hung ) (1990) Movie Reviews

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02/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Killer" by Yojimbo

When a contract killer accidentally blinds a nightclub singer, he takes on one last job in order to pay for an operation to restore her sight but his employer is less than willing to let him retire. John Woo's international breakthrough film, The Killer explores his favourite subjects of honour, loyalty, and revenge. It's pure XY pleasing male bonding and excessive gunplay and to be honest, it's showing its age a little. His penchant for heavy handed sentiment is clearly in evidence (although it's nowhere near as cloying as it was in A Better Tomorrow) and the dialogue is clumsy and repetitive; in fact when Danny Lee is describing Chow for a composite picture he sounds like he's in love! But let's face it, this film is all about the action and Woo's trademark "heroic bloodshed" is as thri...

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11/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Killer review

An influential action packed picture admired by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Johnnie To. Ah Jong (Chow Yun-fat), Jeffrey in the English translation, is an assassin who falls for a singer named Jennie (Sally Yeh) whose eyes were damaged accidentally in a gun fight. Li Ying (Danny Lee) find out Jong's actions and tries to arrest him. Ah Jong and Li form a friendship and was ambushed by the Triad. The style of directing was majestic, from the slow motion, stunning cinematography, cut scenes and timely close-ups. Themes of justice, loyalty (Fung Sei), security (the little girl and Jennie) and being humane. Yun-Fat Chow and Danny Lee were impressive portrayals of their characters. Only reservations I have were its believability, a mere 45 caliber was able to make a car explod...

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