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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the masterpiece the hype would have you believe, but still very good
The Killer was so over-hyped when I first saw it that it left me distinctly unimpressed, but revisiting it years later it's so much better than I gave it credit for (although by comparison to recent John Woo turkeys like MI:2 and Windtalkers, almost anything would look good). The first couple of reels are still a bit ropey but once it gets into the swing of its...
Published on 7 Feb 2007 by Trevor Willsmer

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DeAgostini version
WARNING: The DeAgostini version has NO EXTRAS.

So if you want them do NOT buy that version.

For me it means buying another copy!! Well you live and learn.

Only three stars due to no extras.
Published on 7 Sep 2007 by Driverdriver


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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the masterpiece the hype would have you believe, but still very good, 7 Feb 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Killer was so over-hyped when I first saw it that it left me distinctly unimpressed, but revisiting it years later it's so much better than I gave it credit for (although by comparison to recent John Woo turkeys like MI:2 and Windtalkers, almost anything would look good). The first couple of reels are still a bit ropey but once it gets into the swing of its melodramatic plot it's a highly enjoyable spin on the clichés of the Hong Kong heroic bloodshed genre, alternating playful Mexican standoffs between Danny Lee's cop and Chow Yun Fat's killer, misunderstood professionals with similar codes of honor, with some impressively over the top gunplay. Alongside A Better Tomorrow it offers a reminder of why Woo once had a reputation as the god of action movies, and Hong Kong Legends' original UK DVD treatment of it does it proud - audio commentary by Bey Logan, 5 deleted scenes, interviews with Sally Ye, Kenneth Tsang and Peter Pau, Cantonese and dubbed English language options and original theatrical trailer.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute nonsense, 16 Dec 2002
This review is from: The Killer [DVD] (DVD)
I just read the main review for this title and it fails to deliver on why this film is a unique and genre defining piece of Asian Cinema. The most instructive way to consider this work is through avoiding parallels and influences and tribute spiels, but rather to concentrate on what distinguishes the work from its contemporaries.
What needs to be stressed is that The Killer is a film that could only have been made in Hong Kong. Watch this film to see why people refer to Hong Kong as the very pinnacle of action movie making (especially mid to late 80's). Woo's influences are certainly diverse but this is to overlook the central attractions of The Killer. (of which there are two)
- The Killer perhaps better than any other Woo work manages to blur the line between the cop and the killer (the exact opposite of Face Off - which accentuates the distinction). By the end of the film it becomes clear that what is legal / illegal and what is right / wrong are two different questions. Woo proposes that the moral and legal spheres operate on two disparate levels.
- Chow Yun Fat plays the deadly assasin in this movie. After a hugely succesful career as the hero, the loyal and honourable friend, Woo casts Chow to play the lead lawbreaker. Few actors could effect such a seamless transition in character, whereas others such as Willis have fumbled when outside the 'good-guy' comfort zone.
Watch this movie for powerful yet bloody Hong Kong action at its very best. This film is maturer that the Better Tomorrow series and certainly less corny that Hard Boiled. I have no reservations in classing this the high points of both Woo and Chow Yun Fat. An absolute classic, that's my 'tribute' to this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars killer film, 24 April 2014
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The film is a hong Kong classic with all the John Woo traits. (Slow-motion gun fights, white doves, etc). However, the DVD cover shown is the original release but, the one I received was part of a Hong Kong legends series and is very cheap and nasty by comparison, which was quite disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a classic of hong kong cinema, 24 Aug 2013
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i can't believe some of the negative reviews this film has received. in my opinion it is one of the best of it's type. i like some of john woo's films and dislike others, but this really is the best one of his i have seen.
yes, it is at times cheesy, and over the top, but it is a product of it's time and culture. chow yun fat is in his best role, and plays the assassin brilliantly. the lines of morality and ethics are blurred and actually make one think beyond the black and whites and consider the greys. at times it could easily have fallen prey to the typical nuiances and architypes that asian cinema at the time often fell to, however, the writing is superb, taking the plot down a different route than one is accustomed to when watching eastern cinema. woo directs it masterfully, and although he does over use the imagery and symbolism of flapping doves (not limited to just this one film), he treads the line carefully, crafting a tension filled, and thought provoking film. but what woo is probably most successful at, is getting such a brilliant performance from chow yun fat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Killer, 10 Dec 2012
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Alan Mcintyre "McNala" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This is a typical John Woo film, full of action and action sequences that are almost breath taking. Chow Yun Fat is one of the most under rated action film actors. He is fabulous in this one. A must see if you like John Woo and especially if you like Asian action films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Vicious Killer. One Relentless Cop... ...Ten Thousand Bullets., 13 May 2012
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Hong Kong's preeminent director John Woo transforms genres from both the East and the West to create this explosive and masterful action film. Featuring Hong Kong's greatest star Chow Yun-Fat as a killer with a conscience trying to pay for an operation to restore the sight of a nightclub singer he accidentally blinded in a shootout, the film is an exquisite dissection of morals in a corrupt society, highlighted with slow-motion sequences of brilliantly choreographed gun battles on the streets of Hong Kong...
what can I say ?
Since working in Hollywood John Woo has yet to make a movie that comes anywhere near the quality of his outstanding Hong Kong output With The Killer he delivered a bullet-strewn masterpiece aided in no small part by Chow Yun Fat who exudes coolness from every single pore on his body..The movie was made before he became famous in one of the best roles of his career. He is a hit-man and ends up messing up really badly. He deafens a girl who ends up becoming his lover later on in the film Featuring some quite simply breathtaking displays of action,Woo's work is clearly apparent in every frame.. The violence and graphic is quite explicit. Definitely different from his Hollywood movies, where he obviously has to hold back with the blood. The blood is literally flying around in this movie and people get shot through the head at close range.
All in all
The Killer .
its Jaw-Droppingly Fast-Paced
its spectacular
its Quite simply stunning
its stunts are incredibly well done
its so gooooood
its is Stunningly Directed
its Hong Kong Action Classic
its An Assassin With A Heart,
its Heroic bloodshed of the highest order.
its One of John Woo's finest moments!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Die For, 5 Oct 2005
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Donald Thompson "waldo357" (Belfast N Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Chow Yun Fat eats up the screen as the killer with a conscience. As with most John Woo movies its the action sections which catch the eye. But in Chow Yuns performance we get a subtlety which can only be delivered by a great actor. As he went on to prove in Crouching Tiger, Chow Yun Fat deserves to be rated as one of Asias finest actors. The story is simple enough, but the settings and the photography are what distinguish it from formula straight to video fodder. Ultimately this is a buddy movie but the pacing and characters set it apart. Some light comic touches are an unexpected delight from a Woo picture, but the tea scene is a delight of suspense and comedy. Only the 60 shooter revolvers and the willingness of the baddies to die after one shot, while being unable to hit a barn door themselves strikes a discordant note. Extremely violent, non stop action and a lesson in honour, it is a movie to cherish. Top marks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars modern chivalery movie precursor of a new genre of cinema, 2 April 2000
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John Woo, ex disciple of Chan Che, has achieved to transcribe all the universe of old chivalery and kung fu Hongkong flicks into this breathtaking thriller of a new type. His maestria to conduct the fate of 2 opposite heroes (a cop and an hitman)has shocked a generation of Hongkong cinema fans. Probably the cantonese movie the most known, respected and loved all around the world.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best action films ever made., 19 Feb 2004
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Mr. Ed "edsheadsaid" (Japan) - See all my reviews
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John Woo made his best films in Hong Kong, and 'The Killer' is his best film. Some people say that 'The Killer' is the best action film to come out of Hong Kong. I would go so far as to say it is the best action films ever made, anywhere in the world.
To sum it up, it is: 'A collision of exuberant pulp, samurai mythology and modern, urban noir'.
This film is outstanding in every way - the acting is simply brilliant with Chow Yun Fat and Kenneth Tsang, the editing is fantastic, and the action sequences put hollywood to shame.
The Killer inspired Tatantino to make Reservior Dogs and if that isn't enough to make you buy this, than nothing is!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An umcompromising and truly mesmerising tour de force, 7 Nov 2002
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This stands as not only one of the greatest Hong Kong movies, but one of the greatest gangster movies ever made. Many mistakenly refer to this as a tribute to Hollywood classics, but nothing could be further from the truth. John Woo takes you into a nightmarish crinimal underworld where power is the end, murder a mere means, and trust a utopian ideal. The reality of this world is delivered in mesmerising action scenes, which are both riveting and enigmatic. This also establishes Chow Yun Fat as a Hong Kong star with incredible screen prescence who has a legion of fans in both the west and the east. In short a brutal and truly mesmerising masterpiece.
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