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Killer (Widescreen)

Yun-Fat Chow , Danny Lee , John Woo    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars John Woo & Chow Yun Fat...nuff said! June 3 2004
The Killer is the perfect example of cinema in its most powerful form. Expression...every bullet, every conversation & every scene just flows so beautifully & expressively it just blows me away. Unexplainable. Very deep & mythological story, unlike anything ive ever seen! U just have to see it. & see it. It will make u think to yourself, "what the hell is the average Hollywood budget gettin wasted on?? Promotion!!?? " John Woo on the other hand does not need $100,000,000 to truley express himself, hell, he doesn't even need the highest quality celluloid to make his films stunningly beatiful.. The Killer is no exception, John Woo is such a masterful director, no wonder why Hollywood have been ripping him off long before they invited him to join 'em!
& unlike most action films of mindless "invincibilty" plots & stupid reasons for massive shootouts, this has a cause for every piece of stunningly choerographed action...& consequences to join the equation.
If youve only seen Chow Yun Fat in his American films (Replacement Killers & Bulletproof Monk e.t.c), you really havent his true styles & capabilities. Get THE KILLER, & youll know why Hollywood have copied J.Woo's style of genius direction more times than a photo-copier has copied paper!
This is John Woo at his purest form, & Chow in his true style.
The John Woo & Chow Yun Fat combo is like the Sergio Leone & Clint Eastwood combo= Classics!
Get this if u like a deep, moving story, awesome acting, & action that sychronizes perfectly. (Also check out other J. Woo classics, Hard Boiled, A Better Tommorow 1 & 2, & Bullet in the Head!)
.....Nobody does action like Honk Kong...Nobody does Honk Kong like John Woo...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best...action movie...ever! May 2 2004
Filled with grit, emotion, and psychological depth, not to mention lots and lots of blood, "The Killer" is the kind of passion play that is seen all too rarely in any style of film, let alone the action genre. In fact, John Woo's Hong Kong shoot-'em-up masterpiece resembles nothing so much as Shakespeare with thousands of bullets flying around. In this case the role of the tragic hero is assumed by Jeffrey, played in career-defining fashion by Chow Yun-Fat. Jeffrey is an amiable enough sort, who also just happens to be a fearless, unstoppable assassin with a steely glare and a deadly accurate shot. But when he accidentally blinds a lovely torch singer named Jenny while mowing down about a dozen criminals in a crowded bar, Jeffrey finds some new meaning in his life by assuming responsibility for the woman, even going so far as to try to get her a vision-restoring cornea transplant. However, everything is far from hunky-dory for Jeffrey and his ward: after committing one last job to get the money for Jenny's operation, Jeffrey finds himself pursued by a small army of thugs as well as Chang and Li, two relentless detectives. Oh, and his best friend and associate Sidney has (temporarily) betrayed him. With all that's going on, the stage is set for a struggle on an operatic scale, with Chow giving his character just the right mix of warmth and gravity.
As one would expect from a film directed by Woo, with Chow in the starring role, "The Killer" contains more than its fair share of shootouts and chase scenes, all filmed with Woo's signature frenetic visual style. However, it's what happens when the movie slows down that sets it apart from the pack. "The Killer" is as much a drama as it is an action yarn, and it's a mighty good drama at that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HONG KONG ACTION AT ITS FINEST !!! Feb. 6 2004
Chow Yun Fat plays a hitman. On one particularly bloody assignment the backfire of his gun blinds an innocent lounge singer (played with wonderful simplicity by real life singer/actress Sally Yeh). He takes responsibility and begins to provide care for her without her knowing who he really is. They eventually fall in love. He takes on one last job to pay for an operation which will hopefully restore her sight and allow them to start a new life together. However, a tough Dirty Harry style cop (played with conviction by Danny Lee) who has been assigned to protect the target, and the gangsters who are behind the hit have other plans. No punches are pulled. The violence is completely appropriate to the goings on and the action expertly staged making great use of long, medium, and claustrophobically close shots letting you know at all times how the characters are feeling emotionally whether on the chase or on the run. The gunplay is truly balletic and the actors "act" like human beings who know the fear and power these weapons instill. One of the best examples of the extended chase ever put on film occurs during Chow Yun Fat's attempt to assassinate the target protected by Danny Lee. Never have both a protagonist and antagonist proven more worthy of audience fandom and involvement due to the onscreen competentence and mutual respect each character posesses. Watch from the edge of your seat as a little girl gets caught in the crossfire between Chow Yun Fat (the killer and the human) and the triad that betrays him. Your heart will pound as Chow Yun Fat tries in desperation to get her to safety. THE KILLER is a true MOTION picture and fully utilizes the capabilities of the motion picture camera to tell its story. It is more than just a Hong Kong action film. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars =====Respect Hong Kong Cinema =======
===========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 more
Published on April 30 2004 by C. soriano
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film but very violent.
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 more
Published on March 3 2004 by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars action packed and good drama
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 more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Haseeb
5.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away
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 more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by "archerofsainthadrian"
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!
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 more
Published on Aug. 24 2002 by Deviation
5.0 out of 5 stars gun battles'r'us!!!
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 more
Published on Aug. 10 2002 by Chris Letempt
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has everything
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
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by joe clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Chow's the best
This movie is worth to watch just by seeing how many reviews have been submitted. It is one of his best. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2000 by big fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
The Killer, directed by John Woo, is one of the best action films that you will ever see. A hitman (Chow Yun-Fat), forms a unusual relationship with a singer he accidentally... Read more
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