The Killer (Dip huet seung hung)
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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 Samouraï. During a restaurant shoot-out, hitman Jeff (Chow Yun-Fat) accidentally hurts the eyes of a singer (Sally Yeh). Later, he meets the girl and discovers that if she does not have a very expensive operation very soon, she will go blind. To get the money for the surgery, Jeff decides to perform one last hit. The cop (Danny Lee), who has been chasing Jeff… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is a rush of a movie."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The gotterdamerung of the Hong Kong heroic bloodshed cycle."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It's as much a doomed romance as a shoot-'em-up."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"An explosive, highly-entertaining actioner"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"For as over the top as [Woo's] shootouts tend to be, the ones in The Killer are some of his most excessive."
‑ Jason Zingale,
"Woo has cited Sam Peckinpah and Martin Scorsese as two of his influences, but he has established a touch all his own."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The best marriage of intense, exciting, bloody action with a strong, affecting story I have ever seen."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The most dementedly elegiac thriller you've ever seen."
‑ , Time Out
"One of the few films to hold a legitimate claim to the title of Greatest Action Movie of All Time."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Another of [Director] Woo's early masterpieces with Chow Yun Fat at the top of his game..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[It] makes The Wild Bunch climax look lethargic by comparison."
‑ KJ Doughton, Nitrate Online
"A masterful, beautiful and deeply-felt action movie that reinvents the genre."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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