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Killer (1989)

Director: John Woo     Starring: Yun-Fat Chow Danny Lee
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Format: DVD
Sku: 214514964
UPC: 883476013039
UPC 14: 00883476013039
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Editor's Note
A hired killer accidentally blinds a beautiful nightclub singer during what was supposed to be his last murder. When he falls in love with her and accepts another contract in order to finance her cornea surgery, the stage is set for a long and bloody confrontation. A boisterous bullet opera from Woo, tempered as usual with his fascination with the notion of the honorable killer and with the doubling of similar men whom circumstances have placed on opposite sides of the law. Very heavy on the Catholic imagery and redemption motifs.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby, English, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/8/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video UPC UPC: 00883476013039
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Sally Yeh
Video Cast Info Chu Kong
Video Cast Info Fui-on Shing
Video Cast Info Kenneth Tsang
Video Cast Info Parkman Wong
Video Cast Info Yun-Fat Chow
Video Cast Info Barry Wong
Video Cast Info Danny Lee
Video Cast Info John Woo - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Peter Pau - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Tsui Hark - Producer
Video Cast Info John Woo - Director
Plot Summary
When Jeffrey, a hit man, accidentally blinds a young nightclub chanteuse, his guilt makes him leave the racket to take care of her. Falling in love with the vulnerable singer, he eventually agrees to do one last hit to raise the money needed for a cornea transplant that might restore her vision. His assignment is to assassinate mob leader Tony Weng during the crowded Dragon Boat Festival. The hit is successful, despite all the police protection, and he almost gets away. But a child is injured during his escape, and Jeffrey nearly gets caught while taking the time to drive her to a nearby hospital for medical attention. Because his identity was revealed while saving the child, the new crime boss now wants him killed. Refusing to pay him for the successful hit, he puts a contract out on his life instead.

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Dizzying thrills..." 07/12/1990 p.42

New York Times
"...Balletic splatter and camp sentimentality have rarely if ever been stretched to [these] extremes....Outrageous..." 04/12/1991 p.C11

Film Comment
"...Woo pushes the already gonzo conventions of Hong Kong action-melodrama into the stratosphere....It's a hellzapoppin' gunfight festival..." 11/01/1989 p.70-2

Los Angeles Times
"...An example of the highly addictive, supercharged, go-for-broke Hong Kong cinema at its most deliberately outrageous..." 03/01/1991 p.F6

USA Today
"Cult action director John Woo's U.S. rep was established when this bullet-ridden Hong Kong import rode a healthy art house run onto some year-end 'best' lists..." 10/08/1993 p.3D

"[T]he scenes of balletic gunplay are often genuinely beautiful -- even spiritual -- as well as disturbing..." 12/01/2003 p.14

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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