The Killer (1989)
Director: John Woo
Tagline: Oh, alright!
I have received some feedback that I "had to" review this film. Even though everyone has already seen it and knows the plot backwards I will do it.
I wish Tarantino had never found Hong Kong movies so we could have been spared his pale imitations and characters referencing movie titles in his movies. I was happy being the only person in Chinatown Cinema watching films like this on a double bill in 2000. They were a lot harder to find then, but that was half the fun of it.
Chow Yun Fat as the Killer gives one his best performances, even if it is a bit overwrought towards the end. The only time I have seen him in a cooler role was when he suddenly turned up with a rocket launcher at the end of the Seventh Curse.
Danny Lee is a bit of a goody-goody, but you expect that in this kind of role. He does a good job of playing second banana anyway.
Sally Yeh has the thankless task of being the blinded nightclub singer and having some pretty soppy lines. Good roles for women in John Woo movies are pretty light on the ground.
There is nothing really I can say about the action scenes that already hasn't been said. I still use a pair of sunglasses to see if anyone is walking behind me after seeing it in this film.
As I have heard there are several different versions of this film, I distinctly remember seeing the Killer shooting someone with an ice-bullet, but have since been unable to find that version.
I actually prefer Bullet in the Head myself, but this is the favourite Hong Kong movie of a lot of people.