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The Killer (1990)

John Woo , Chow Yun-Fat  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Woo, Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese (Unknown), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W457
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Killer" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apex May 29, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
As the popularity of Chinese cinema begins to spread in the US, two men must be noted for their contributions - Director John Woo and Actor Chow Yun-Fat. Their names are synonymous with action in Hong Kong cinema. Both have had projects that were successful (Face/Off and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, respectively) and some that were not so (Hard Target).
The Killer, however, is the apex of both their works.
It is possibly the best movie that very few people know about, and upon seeing it, it has become my mission to ensure that it becomes more widely viewed. John Woo's cinematic stylings and breathtaking action sequences are his trademark, and are often mimicked (but never duplicated) by more accessible works. Those who believe that action began with Desperado, Resevoir Dogs or The Matrix need only look to John Woo to find the obvious inspiration for these works.
Of course, as much as a gun is a weapon in action movies, Chow Yun-Fat is John Woo's weapon. Entire tales can be told simply with Yun-Fat's expressions - the ability to "act" without saying a word is sometimes underrated, but I would say that Yun-Fat challenges even DeNiro in his method-acting abilities. His on-screen charisma is electric, and no other actor in Woo's stable has been able to produce the kineticity required of a John Woo hero figure.
The two have joined forces for a number of movies, but none better than The Killer. Besides the afforementioned qualities of each individual, The Killer brings with it a story of "Real Men" in a world where honor is a dirty word. The Killer belongs with the great mafia dramas of Hollywood Cinema and with Kurosawa's samurai epics. The Killer is listed in the guidebook, "The Top 100 Movies No One Has Ever Seen." The latter half of that statement needs to be changed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version and BETTER than Hard Boiled!!! June 21, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Criterion Collection is the BEST version of The Killer!! The image is CLEAR, they added more slow-mo action scenes, the dvd have deleted scenes and the HORRIBLE close-up of the action scenes has been cutted and addapted to the screen so you can see the action in "small" (letterbox) widescreen and and well addapted to the screen (the other versions of The Killer have a HORRIBLE camera close-up and BAD images). This version brings the best quality of the movie.

Better than Hard Boiled because it has car chases, Chow Yeun Fat use two pistols on most of the action scenes with slow-mo, the story is interesting and EASY to understand, The images, camera angles and movements, and the special effects are SO MUCH better than Hard Boiled.

P.S: The only bad things are that the sound is not "surround" and the dvd doesn't have to much to offer on special features.

ADIOS.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CRITERION COLLECTION DVDs BOOTLEGS ALERT! July 23, 2006
Format:DVD
Due to the great success of The Criterion Collection some of the DVDs have been copied and are being produced illegally, especially be aware of fake OUT-OF-PRINT titles. Must know "Red Flags":

1. If the price is drastically LOW. Be cautious if the DVD price is significantly LOWER THAN the MSRP (retail price).
2. If an out-of-print DVD has a low "Buy It Now" price. Out-of-print DVDs are no longer being produced and TEND TO BE WORTH MORE THAN THOSE STILL IN CIRCULATION.
3. When purchasing from Asia, look to see if the DVD cover has any Asian characters on it. There have been multiple bootlegs made with this slight difference on the DVD cover. Oftentimes, bootlegs will be advertised as "official Asian Criterion DVDs". This is NOT TO BE TRUSTED! Criterion Collection has never released alternate Asian Editions of any of their DVDs and they have no plans to do so!
4. Kindly ask Seller(s) for photos of the discs, cover arts, inserts, booklets including UPC number, ISBN number, Cat.No.
5. Contact Criterion Collection via their website to verify all information seller(s) have provided before making your final decision to purchase the item you are interested in!
6. After all, the seller(s) might admit that it is a bootleg or copy. Sadly, some sellers do try and make money off of these.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best...action movie...ever! May 2, 2004
Format:DVD
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 A Hong Kong Classic.
Viewed: 3/14
Rate: 10

3/14: Well, The Killer is arguably one of the most influential movies of all time. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer
This movie was Good and it had a few Fight scenes from Hard Boiled that I recognized that are not part of this Film but the Movie was Good it had a Good Car Chase scene as well as... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie; Terrible Disc
One of the best movies of the genre but unwatchable on this disc. Terrible quality, terrible out of sync dubbing. Look for one that has good quality reviews... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Devens
3.0 out of 5 stars Sellers description of product was not 100% accurate
The DVD came from Blockbuster...I'm guessing one of the locations went out of business and the DVD was bought and resold. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael J. Iggena
5.0 out of 5 stars No Complaints here
This is probably (god this is hard to do) my favorite John Woo movie. Again, I'll focus on the DVD. For once, everything works. Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by John E. Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film-and still the best transfer
This film is a masterwork by John Woo. It has much more of a penetrating story than Hard Boiled.
For those seeking the best transfer in Region 1 this is where you should look. Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by S. K. Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shakespearean gangster classic. But where to buy?
Both the Criterion (The Killer - Criterion Collection, 1998) and Fox Lorber (The Killer, 2000) releases are out of print and very expensive on the secondary market. Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by Jason Kirkfield
5.0 out of 5 stars For John Woo Fans
The killer has more action in the first minute than most action films have in the first hour. Don't miss this gem!
Published on September 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars John Woo's Masterpiece:Action meets Existentional Drama.
One of the genuine trendsetters in Action history was this 1989 Action masterpiece from one of the genre's most skilled directors. Read more
Published on April 11, 2009 by James Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just dead bodies
This film has been categorized as an action movie with a great deal of bloodshed. Superficially this is true but Woo's masterwork can easily stand beside Once Upon a Time in the... Read more
Published on December 1, 2008 by jonr
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