hkvibes : The Killer

May 29, 2008
The Killer

Yet another John Woo’s movie starring Chow Yun Fat, The Killer (喋血雙雄) belongs to my personal top three favorite movies by John Chow along with A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled. Shot in 1989, i.e. in-between A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled, The Killer was inspired by Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai, starring Alain Delon. In the movie, Ah Jong (Chow Yun Fat), a professional killer, accidentally hurts a singer during his last scheduled assassination; the singer becomes blind. Killing his targets not being an excuse for allowing collateral damage, Ah Jong will resume with his job and accept a new contract in order to pay for a corneal transplant so that the singer can recover her sight. But during this hit, he’ll fall on supercop Li Ying who was investigating on his past crimes. Between the two men, a surprising and mutual comprehension will appear and they’ll start to fight side by side against their common enemy: the Triad. The Killer depicts the story in a heroic bloodshed way: action scenes are particularly well shot but guns appear to have three times more bullets than real-life ones. Still, The Killer is a good movie and should definitely be watched by every HK movie lover!

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