Chow Yun-Fat plays a reformed killer who decides to leave his past behind and become the caretaker for the “Peace Hotel”. Having grown up in a violent environment and led a crime-ridden past, the death of his girlfriend leads “the Killer” (Chow) to go on a murderous rampage and slaughter everyone in his gang, except for one boy who he spares at the last moment. Having a sort of epiphany, the Killer takes over the site of the slaughter, and transforms it into a safe haven for refugees on the run from bandits or gangsters. It is named the Peace Hotel, and the Killer’s fierce reputation protects the tenants. When a woman (Cecilia Yip) shows up and claims to be his long-lost love, he becomes suspicious, eventually discovering that she is on the run from a gang whose leader she killed. Although she is a liar and a master manipulator, his pledge to protect the hotel’s residents comes to a head when the gang shows up to kill her. When she realizes the pain she has caused, she is determined to meet her fate, but the Killer’s moral tug-of-war forces him to protect her and take on the entire gang… with disastrous results. —HKMDB
Wai Ka-Fai is a Hong Kong writer, filmmaker, producer and former TV director and producer.
Wai is best known for his frequent collaborations with Johnnie To, another former TV turned film director and producer. In 1996, they formed Milkyway Image, which is now one of the most successful independent film studios in Hong Kong. The films that the two have made together as directors and producers include Needing You…, Fat Choi Spirit, Love on a Diet, Help!!!, Love for All Seasons, Fulltime Killer, Turn Left, Turn Right and Running on Karma. —wikipedia