Overall Rank: 1009
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 70
Theatrical Release Date: 06/01/1990
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/30/2010
Genre: Action, Crime
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: John Woo
Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kenneth Tsang, Kong Chu, Fui-On Shing
Plot: A humane assassin Ah Jong (Chow Yun-fat) from the Triad tries to perform his last job to aid a club singer's fate of becoming blind. Police detective Li Ying (Danny Lee) hopes to bring a criminal to justice in any possible way.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019
Combining nonstop action, a powerful story, and unflinching visual style, it's easy to see why this assassin's tale of redemption received international attention.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 12/18/2011
There's a redemptive storyline buried in here that makes this film a unique standout from other Woo films. The action, of course, is the real star, and you can see the influence Woo's intricately choreographed scenes (particularly the massive final shootout in the church) had on directors such as Tarantino & Michael Mann.
Snoogans - wrote on 11/03/2011
Awesome. One of John Woo's best alongside 'Hard Boiled'.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/29/2012
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 …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/11/2011
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 …
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