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Contract Killer [Import]
When a high level Japanese criminal is brutally executed, his family puts a hit out on the assassinwho pulled the trigger. But when a lone hit man (Li) hears of a reward, he teams up with an "agent"willing to show him the underworld of Japanese corruption in order to cash in on a murder. Now, thebest hitman money can buy is about to discover the person no one would have expected. Enter a worldwhere watching your back becomes the only means of survival.
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Fu seems to have the ability to get the job done, but he's too damn nice, which is a perfect fit for Jet Li the actor. This is actually the best character Jet Li has played in a while, eschewing his humorless acting for a gentler personality. This film effectively dodges the previously inescapable Jet Li bullet: no personality. Eric Tsang and Jet Li make a good team, with Tsang edging Li in the acting department. However, Li isn't too bad, and we hear his real voice for the first time.
Gigi Leung shows up as Tsang's daughter, a budding lawyer who takes a small shine to Fu. As always, she's incredibly cute but she doesn't do all that much. Simon Yam is on board as the cop intent on catching all the hitmen entering HK.
There are some good action sequences that are weighed down by a sometimes confusing and slow/boring plot. But, this film has a definite HK charm that it deserves credit for. This isn't your normal Jet Li crazy fight after fight after fight but it's worth your time, the chemistry between the actors are just GREAT
Fu knows there's big money in bounty hunting, and he get's his shot at it when a Japanese buissiness man/crime boss is executed by the legendary "King of Killers", a self-employed assassin who murders only rich bad guys. The dead guy knew he had a lot of foes on both sides of the law, and set up a "revenge fund" of a whoppin' $100 million to strike back from the grave.
The murder victim's grandson, Eiji Tsukumoto, just covets the massive reward, but Fu needs some dough as well, and partners up with an "agent" named Norman Lu (Eric Tsang), to find the King of Killers.
Easily one of the best of Jet Li's later Hong Kong flicks, CONTRACT KILLER (called HITMAN in Hong Kong) provides some of the best non-wire-fu martial arts scenes I've seen, particular the scenes where Jet Li is paired with a chopsocky adversary with rings and shoes that emit flashy lights to confuse his opponents. Now There's something you don't see everyday.
Also known as: 'King of Assassins' (1998), 'The Hitman'(1998) and 'Contract Killer'(2002).
This film is in many ways similiar to other HK action drama films however it does have a more unique premise: an aging Japanese corporate magnate and WW II veteran (he boasts of raping Chinese women) is assassinated by a mysterious hitman in black. This hitman, known as the King of Killers, is infamous for both his skill in killing as well as not accepting any payment for targeting people of rather suspect morality to kill.
The Japanese corporate director has established a special Revenge Fund which will pay $100,000,000 (USD) to whoever tracks down his killer.
Fu (Jet Li) is a mainlander in Hong Kong doing errands for a minor triad boss when he comes hears about the Revenge Fund and subsequently comes across Mr. Nor (Eric Tsang) a hustler who takes Fu for a skilled killer and decides to be his agent. He is really trying to cheat Fu out of most of the reward money.
The Japanese director's grandson Eiji (Keiji Sato) is out seeking revenge for his grandfather as well as greedy for the reward.
Kwan (Simon Yam) is the CID inspector who is also tracking down the mysterious King of Killers. Which itself has irony, but I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen the film ;-)
The plot develops as the principal characters above interact in a frantic race to find the King Of Killers.
This was Jet Li (Mandarin name is Li Lian Jie) last Hong Kong film (1998) before he moved on to greater paydays in Hollywood.Read more ›
The film opens quite impressively, with the assassination of a rich Japanese business man; the killer is good, having basically outsmarted and defeated a whole building full of bodyguards. Then we meet up with Fu (Li), a seemingly quite nice but cash-poor ex-soldier whom we find in the strange company of a gang of young assassins for hire. There's never really an adequate explanation for how he got in this unexpected business. Anyway, he's looked down upon because he has never really done a job. When he gets wind of a $100 million reward for the capture and murder of the man soon to be known as The King of Assassins, he tries to infiltrate the proceedings. There, he meets up with a con man named Norman (Eric Tsang), who for some unclear reason brings Fu to the meeting with him and tells him he will be his new agent. Fu is an unlikely choice for such a big job, and his first test shows clearly that he does not really have the heart of a cold-blooded killer.Read more ›
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I was very surprise, the story is well made, the action fast and the movie very good in general. Like it a lot would buy again for the story.Published 8 months ago by roger murray
Jet Li as a contrac killer? Come on! The reason why this movie isn't that famous is because it pretty much sucks. It's just a shootem up bang bang type of movie. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
God's hitman. That is how people describe a killer who has been eliminating rich bad guys for little or no fee. Read morePublished on June 5 2003 by Daigo Parry
It's been a long time since I've watched a good chop-sokky flick, so last night I rented Jet Li's Contract Killer. Apparently, it was his last Hong Kong movie. Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by Shantell Powell
I was amazed, absolutely amazed by this movie.
Jet Li stars in his ever-lasting hero as a contract killer. But he never got a single job done yet. Why? Read more
I promise you this movie is one of Jet's best one! If you haven't seen the movie yet, go and buy one now! This movie is absolutely terrific! I hope you could seen it! Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003
I love this movie, I really do. In my opion, I'd say this is one of Jet Li's best movies ever! If you haven't seen the movie before, buy it right now! Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Cookie Du
For non-wire fans, one of the better movies Jet Li has done. So far, my favorite is Fist of Legend with this being a close second. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Mark Jenkins
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