THE KILLER

1989 ***** 110 mins.

At the completion of this film, not only was I amazed that two hours had passed so quickly, but I was also in complete awe of everything my eyes had just seen. Never had I experienced an action film like this. I had already seen Woo's 1992 film Hard Boiled, and I expected The Killer to be very similar. I was wrong. I mean, I loved Hard Boiled, but The Killer blew Hard Boiled away. Many parts of the film had a Michael Mann Heat/Manhunter feel, while other parts where exciting and action packed in a way that I had never seen before. The ending itself was deftly sweet and brilliant; not once did the film drag. Chow Yun-fat plays John, a professional killer with a conscience. After accidentally blinding a woman during a job, he begins a relationship with her. Meanwhile, a cop is hunting him down. The complex relationship of John and the cop forms the dynamic arc upon whic the film is so skillfully based. Truly one of the greatest films ever made.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Not Rated; contains strong bloody violence.

Starring:
Chow Yun-fat + Danny Lee + Sally Yeh + Chu Kong + Tsang Kong + Shing Fui On

Written and Directed by
John Woo


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