The Killer (1989) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu, Kenneth Tsang

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An excellent movie. High quality action/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seet untill the final gunshot is fired! If you consider yourself an action or John Woo (especially John Woo!) fan, see this movie! And a tip, try and get the digitaly remastered version...the picture is slightly better and the subtitles are much easier to see!
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The review of this Movie prepared by Richard

THE KILLER is a movie written and directed by Hong-Kong director John Woo in 1989.

John, played by Chow Yun-Fat, is a hitman of the Hong-Kong mob. Secretive and independent, he is very well paid by his various employers. He accidentally hurts a young singer during a shoot out and soon, feeling guilty, takes care of her. He accepts one last hit in order to help financing the eye operation that must save his girlfriend and retire. But, after the completion of this job, his boss double-crosses him and sends him his killers unstead of the earned money. John must soon protect himself against a bunch of hitmen and against Sydney, a policeman who is interested in his strange unusual behaviour.

Violence as aesthetics. A masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 60%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   criminal/victim falls in love with victim/criminal Combat acrobatics/martial arts?    -   Yes If this is a criminal POV story...    -   criminals stealing from other criminals    -   criminals killing each other    -   bad criminals on the run Kind of movie    -   traditional karate

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer    -   criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   is very quick Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia    -   China Water?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   building    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Kind of violence:    -   land battles    -   karate chop    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding vehicles    -   exploding bombs

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