The Killer (Dip huet seung hung)
The Killer (Dip huet seung hung) (1989)

Though John Woo's lifelong admiration of Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, Martin Scorsese, and Stanley Kubrick are also evident in this stylish actioner, the film is essentially a tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville and his cult thriller Le… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A lot of claims have been made for this campy bloodbath concerto by Hong Kong director John Woo, and I must admit that he's even better than Brian De Palma at delivering emotional and visceral excess with staccato relentlessness.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

This is a rush of a movie.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The gotterdamerung of the Hong Kong heroic bloodshed cycle.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The director repeatedly places the viewer at the center of the crossfire and turns the gyrating camera into the next best thing to a lethal weapon.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

For all the bullets that are spent, The Killer spends just as much time ruminating on the likes of honor, friendship and even the allure of guns themselves

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Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

For as over the top as [Woo's] shootouts tend to be, the ones in The Killer are some of his most excessive.

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Time Out

The most dementedly elegiac thriller you've ever seen.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

One of the few films to hold a legitimate claim to the title of Greatest Action Movie of All Time.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Another of [Director] Woo's early masterpieces with Chow Yun Fat at the top of his game...

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
John Woo's visceral action masterpiece The Killer is his finest directorial effort. Brilliantly acted with an exhilarating storyline, Woo delivers a film… More
Adam Kelly
Some may doubt it, but 'The Killer' is the best action film ever made. John Woo's bloody and brilliant action film stars the master of Hong Kong… More
Al S
An explosive and heart-pounding action classic. An unforgettable and killer action movie masterpiece. A full-throttle action-packed extravaganza that pushes the… More
Graham Jones
The best action movie of all time in my opinion. This is the blueprint to all the action films being made today. Even the melodrama is great.
AJ Verser
A fabulous action drama. The actors do a great job, the story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the action is so overwhelming, it's hard not to love… More
Cynthia S.
I just can't get into this genre of Asian films where the action scenes have added sound effects: like smack..smack..smack..during fight scenes. I've… More

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