Calling the films of Hong Kong director John Woo shoot-‘em-ups doesn’t do justice to their cuckoo genius — the ability to make live-action violence so over-the-top, ridiculous, and cartoonish that the audience can’t take it seriously. In this recent Woo camp classic, soulful hit man Jeffrey (Chow Yun-Fat) accidentally blinds a beautiful lounge singer (Sally Yeh) during a shoot-out and accepts one last job in order to pay for her surgery. His nemesis, a hard-bitten Dirty Harry wannabe (Danny Lee), grows to admire the freedom of his suave, unflappable prey, and the duo (who call each other Mickey Mouse and Dumbo) approach something like love amid an impossibly extravagant hail of bullets. Whether intended or not, The Killer’s hyperbolic take on each and every buddy-flick cliché comes across as self-aware spoofing of a classic Hollywood genre. Even though an American remake is now in the works, this particular bulletfest needs no translation. A
The KillerCalling the films of Hong Kong director John Woo shoot-'em-ups doesn't do justice to their cuckoo genius — the ability to make live-action violence...The KillerAction/Adventure, Foreign LanguageJohn WooUnratedCalling the films of Hong Kong director John Woo shoot-'em-ups doesn't do justice to their cuckoo genius — the ability to make live-action violence...1992-12-11
Genre: Action/Adventure, Foreign Language; Starring: Danny Lee, Chow Yun-Fat; Director: John Woo; Author: John Woo; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted December 11 1992 — 12:00 AM EST
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