A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.
This 1989 rouser is apocalyptic pulp--the bloodiest, showiest, most shamelessly sentimental specimen of Hong Kong's gangster melodramas. A torch singer named Jennie (Sally Yeh) is accidentally blinded during a slaying in a night club, and Chow Yun-fat's sad-eyed Jeff, a self-lacerating assassin, drags himself out of retirement to take on one last job--rubbing out a major mobster for major bucks--so he can pay for the singer's cornea transplant operation. But Jeff pauses to ferry a wounded child to the hospital during this final outing, and because of this a cop finally gets a good look at him: "He was seen on the job," snarls a saturnine Mr. Big, "and I want him wasted." Armies of thugs converge on the saintly slayer. Some of writer-director John Woo's flourishes are kitsch classics (doves flying upward in a candlelit church), while the action sequences are rapturous. "Life's cheap," a character opines. "It only takes one bullet," but in this case it actually takes about a dozen spewing bullet hits to kill anyone, as soulful triads in mirror shades and duster overcoats blaze away with high-tech weaponry. (A favorite trick involves grasping an enemy by the lapels, pulling him into a waltz embrace, and pumping several slugs into his duodenum.) Danny Lee, Chow's costar in City on Fire, is the intense, young officer who fixates on the killer's contradictory personality. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
===========Hong Kong action and John Woo should be greatly respected by Hollywood b/c most of his movies like THe Killer, Hard Boiled and The Better Tomorrow Series are being... Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by C. soriano
This film attempts to show a compassionte side to hitmen. Here we have a hitman who accidentaly blinds a lounge singer during a shootout. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Ted
Jeffrey (Yun Fat Chow from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) is a professional killer who after being hired to do one last job finds himself being hunted down by the men he works for. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Haseeb
This movie is by far the most entertaining shoot-em up I have ever seen. I have seen some pretty violent Hollywood movies, but none of them match up to this. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003
Warning, this is a seriously BUTCHERED version of the film. Disny, in all of it's wisdom, has decided to cut over 6 minutes of the film. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2002 by Deviation
This is a violent movie. I love it. The first time I watched it, I was absolutely spellbound by the incredible shoot outs in this movie. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2002 by Chris Letempt
You laugh, you say, "Whoa cool!," you cry, but mostly you say, "whoa Cool!" Anyways...
Jeffrey (Chow) is a hired killer and is pretty cool. Read more
This movie is worth to watch just by seeing how many reviews have been submitted. It is one of his best. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2000 by big fan