John Woo

The Killer

The Killer

Hong Kong’s preeminent director, John Woo, transforms genres from both the East and the West to create this explosive and masterful action film. Featuring Hong Kong’s greatest star, Chow Yun-fat, as a killer with a conscience, the film is an exquisite dissection of morals in a corrupt society, highlighted with slow-motion sequences of brilliantly choreographed gun battles on the streets of Hong Kong.

Film Info

  • John Woo
  • Hong Kong
  • 1989
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Cantonese
  • Spine #8

Special Features

  • Exclusive film-to-tape transfer approved by director John Woo
  • Commentary by John Woo and production executive Terence Chang
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Exclusive film-to-tape transfer approved by director John Woo
  • Commentary by John Woo and production executive Terence Chang
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles
The Killer
Cast
Chow Yun-fat
John
Danny Lee
Inspector Li
Sally Yeh
Jenny
Chu Kong
Sidney Fung
Tsang Kong
Sgt. Randy Chang
Shing Fui On
Johnny Weng
Credits
Director
John Woo
Screenplay
John Woo
Producer
Tsui Hark
Cinematography
Peter Pao
Cinematography
Wong Wing-Hung
Editing
Fan Kung Ming
Music
Lowell Lo

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