喋血双雄 - The Killer (1989)

"I always leave one bullet, either for myself or for my enemy." Joe

"I always leave one bullet, either for myself or for my enemy." Joe

☆ Masterpiece 


喋血双雄 - The Killer (1989) is a ballet of bullets.


Directed By John Woo.


Starring Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh among others.

I first saw The Killer in an art house theater late one night by myself. I came out blown away by the ballet of bullets throughout the film. John has said his film is about honor and friendship. Woo said he was influenced by Jean-Pierre Melville's, Le Samourai (1967) and Martin Scorsese's, Mean Streets (1973). I can clearly see the the influences of both directors and their respective films in The Killer. John like Melville has an honorable, cool, calm and cunning assassin and yet the film has the violence and grit of Scorsese's, Mean Streets. The combination is both riveting and revolting. The Killer in turn has influenced directors, Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi (1992), Quentin Tarantino's  Jackie Brown (1997) and Luc Besson's  Nikita, La Femme Nikita (1990).

In the scene below watch the shootout and the incredible chemistry between Chow and Danny. They make the complicated action sequences look as easy to do as walking across a minefield with magnets attached to your feet.


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Trivia - Woo filmed the picture in 92 days, at a cost of 2 million US dollars. The beach house shootout was filmed in 28 days with 20,000 rounds of ammunition fired. The final church shootout took 36 days and 40,000 rounds.



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