5.0 out of 5 stars John Woo & Chow Yun Fat...nuff said!
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...
Published on Jun 3 2004 by Clint Eastwood
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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. Do yourself a favor and get ahold of the fox lorber/winstar release, orif you've got the cash, pick up the criterion edition.
Published on Aug 24 2002 by Deviation
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Woo & Chow Yun Fat...nuff said!,
& 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...
5.0 out of 5 stars Best...action movie...ever!,
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. There are a bunch of scenes here that got my adrenaline flowing, but even more impressive, some moments practically moved me to tears (emphasis on the word "practically"). Behind the constant action is an often-moving tale of devotion, honor, redemption, and friendship in the unlikely setting of the criminal underworld. The lines between good and bad, right and wrong, cop and criminal, are all blurred in a haze of moral ambiguity and divided loyalties. While Jeffrey and Sidney attempt to restore trust after Sidney's betrayal, an unlikely bond forms between Jeffrey and Li as the detective and the assassin realize they're not that different after all.
As the story unfolds, building toward the inevitable confrontation, the tension and the emotional stakes only rise along with the body count. Woo manages to elevate the crime drama to poetry, whether during a taut action sequence or a subdued conversation scene. The movie's deservedly legendary finale, involving a crazed gun battle inside a church, is the only appropriate conclusion. The viewer certainly needs some catharsis after such a harrowing journey, and Woo more than delivers the goods. "The Killer" is one of the few movies of its ilk that can legitimately be called art.
5.0 out of 5 stars =====Respect Hong Kong Cinema =======,
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film but very violent.,
This review is from: The Killer (DVD)This film attempts to show a compassionte side to hitmen. Here we have a hitman who accidentaly blinds a lounge singer during a shootout. He then attempts to help pay for an eye operation that will restore her sight. It is a good film but would definately recieve an R rating if submitted to the MPAA.
5.0 out of 5 stars HONG KONG ACTION AT ITS FINEST !!!,
John Woo is a master director and THE KILLER shows him at his finest. It's a shame that he, like Jackie Chan, has been working here in America for the past several years and has not been given the opportunity to be the total filmaker that he is capable of. In Hong Kong they were the masters, here they are simply doing the best they can as laborers. THE KILLER shows why Chow Yun Fat is one of Asia's most revered actors. He ranks right up there with Olivier, DeNiro, and Pacino in his ability to play a wide range of truly memorable characters. Unfortunately, as is the case with Woo and Chan, his American films too have been so-so at best. His first, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, a pale Americanized revamping of THE KILLER has slowed down his success not allowing him to hit the American ground running as he could have. Thank goodness Ang Lee snatched him up momentarily from a limbo land of mediocrity to create another memorably different role in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.
I keep hoping and praying that the great talents of Hong Kong who want to make pictures for American audiences get the chance to do it right. Wouldn't it be great to see Hong Kong action films in English (not dubbed or subtitled) with the budget and technology that we have here? Better yet wouldn't it be great if these Hong Kong masters worked together in American films? Imagine John Woo directing Chow Yun Fat as a crime boss pitting Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh against Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao! The possibilities are endless.
Hollywood has noticed the popularity of Hong Kong's style of action but so far has merely tried incorporating it into Western pictures where it doesn't really seem to belong. They let Hong Kong choreographers train young image-but-no-real-substance actors for a few weeks or months for films, but the action has always seemed a little manufactured with the actors merely going through the motions without having solid foundations in this type of art. The veterans of Hong Kong action have lived with this kind of action for so long that it is a part of their film vocabulary and THE KILLER is a great starting place for anyone who wants to see true Hong Kong action.
4.0 out of 5 stars action packed and good drama,
Jeffrey is a calm, cool and collected professional killer who does his job well but we see from the very beginning of the film that he carries a burden around with him. After Jeffrey's first contract in the film, he has painful flashbacks of the incident, so after that, he will never be the same. He then decides that his next contract will be his last so he reluctantly takes the assignment for 1.5 million dollars. But then things get complicated because the same men that he works for decide to try to kill him before he gets paid. The middle man in the story (the man who pays Jeffrey) is caught between being loyal to his boss or being loyal to his friend (Jeffrey). There is also a cop chasing Jeffrey who comes to admire him, but can his friendship with Jeffrey prove to be his undoing or work in his favor?
5.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away,
5.0 out of 5 stars gun battles'r'us!!!,
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has everything,
Jeffrey (Chow) is a hired killer and is pretty cool. Until one killer evening, he accidently blinds a nightclub singer, and does one last job to pay for her eye operation. Howvever, things don't go as planned, when both sides of the law are after him.
Logic does not play a big part of this movie, action does. So don't go expecting a realistic movie, instead expect a supurbly done action-drama. The last scene in the church is one for the record books. The best part of the movie (in my humble opinion of course) is when the Mary statue is blown up and this very sad music plays, very good. Another great masterpiece from the collaberation of John Woo/Chow Yun-Fat.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chow's the best,
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The Killer (Widescreen) by John Woo (DVD - 1998)