Chow Yun-fat stars as a killer with a conscience in John Woo’s exquisite dissection of morals in a corrupt society. Replete with balletic, slow-motion gun battles on the streets of Hong Kong, The Killer mixes genres from both the East and the West.
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An absolute masterpiece from John Woo. The greatest synthesis of his preferred themes (outsiders, nobility, redemption, brothers on opposite sides of the law) with that ultra stylish, ultra violent approach to screen action. Drawing on the obvious influences of Peckinpah, Scorsese & Melville, the real innovation was in approaching gun battles with the same stylistic abandon as the sword-fights in old Wuxia films.
A super-cool, action packed film pumped full of steroids. Woo's films may come off as a bit too melodramatic for the Western audience, but I feel here he nailed the perfect balance between the amazing action sequences and the more emotional and tender moments of the main characters. I only wish I knew of this film as a teenager, it would have been an eye opener to Hong Kong cinema. Get ready for a bloody show!
Same as A Better Tomorrow, the greatest action combines with deeply drama about respect, friendship, ironically fact between triad and police. Although the best of all for me is still A Better Tomorrow and i don't feel satisfied as much as i watched it, The Killer is a good description for action with heart.
This is another great action film from the duo of Chow Yun Fat and John Woo that makes other action films look like they're standing still. I'm hoping the Criterion releases this in a box set with Hard Boiled.
think I still slightly prefer A Better Tomorrow, but this is yet another great action movie from Woo. The final 40-50 minutes or so are flat-out great. Yet another entry from Woo that makes it into my favorites of the 1980s.
The Killer is a remarkable film, not only because of the influence of John Woo’s style on future action films, but because of its exploration of a specific brand of stubborn masculine morals—familiar in genre films of all kinds—an ideal that leads to violence, but a violence that purifies and upholds above all else integrity. Call it “The Code.”
Clasico indiscutible del cine de acción Made in Hong Kong, donde es posible apreciar en todo su esplendor la garra del director John Woo (a quien directores como Tarantino y Rodriguez le deben horas y horas de inspiración) para las escenas de acción y violencia. A medio camino entre lo sublime y la estupidez total, se disfruta enormemente, solo si no se presta demasiada atención a los dialogos y a su "argumento".
Woo's love of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films shows through on the action set pieces in this film. The finale in the church has got to be seen to be believed. An amazing thrill ride that has never been equaled. Violence as poetic art.