History Film / TheKiller

2nd Jun '16 2:44:56 PM Dravencour
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This movie built on the genre that was started with ''A Better Tomorrow'' and ''Heroes Shed No Tears'' and expanded upon it. In addition to the HeroicBloodshed favorites of GunsAkimbo, slow-mo and themes of loyalty and betrayal. ''The Killer'' also popularized the use of the point-blank MexicanStandoff and introduced the DisturbedDoves, a motif that would show up in JohnWoo's later movies and made their first appearance during the [[BloodstainedGlassWindows apocalyptic church shootout]] that ended the movie. It also has one of the most tragic endings that Woo has ever done, in keeping with the tendency of Hong Kong and Asian cinema in general to end their more dramatic movies on a downer note.

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This movie built on the genre that was started with ''A Better Tomorrow'' ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' and ''Heroes Shed No Tears'' ''Film/HeroesShedNoTears'' and expanded upon it. In addition to the HeroicBloodshed favorites of GunsAkimbo, slow-mo and themes of loyalty and betrayal. ''The Killer'' also popularized the use of the point-blank MexicanStandoff and introduced the DisturbedDoves, a motif that would show up in JohnWoo's later movies and made their first appearance during the [[BloodstainedGlassWindows apocalyptic church shootout]] that ended the movie. It also has one of the most tragic endings that Woo has ever done, in keeping with the tendency of Hong Kong and Asian cinema in general to end their more dramatic movies on a downer note.
27th Apr '16 1:15:32 PM TheHestinator
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 8, due to its high number of blood-splattering gunshot wounds (some in slo-mo).
24th Mar '15 3:13:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: The bad guy is dead, but so is the hero and his eyes are now useless, so Jenny is irremediably going blind. Inspector Li is about to be arrested, and his and Ah Jong's best friends are dead too.]]

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The bad guy is dead, but so is the hero and his eyes are now useless, so Jenny is irremediably going blind. Inspector Li is about to be arrested, and his and Ah Jong's best friends are dead too.]]



* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Ah Jong himself was killed before he could fulfill the promise to have Jenny's eyes fixed.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Ah TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Ah Jong himself was killed before he could fulfill the promise to have Jenny's eyes fixed.]]



* [[spoiler:PyrrhicVictory: Inspector Li kills Wong Hoi at the end in retaliation for killing Ah Jong. But as a consequence, he was arrested after gunning down the mob boss in front of the entire police force. He also can't use the money to have Jenny's eyes fixed either.]]

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* [[spoiler:PyrrhicVictory: Inspector PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:Inspector Li kills Wong Hoi at the end in retaliation for killing Ah Jong. But as a consequence, he was arrested after gunning down the mob boss in front of the entire police force. He also can't use the money to have Jenny's eyes fixed either.]]



* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou
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* %%* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou
* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]]%%* ShootTheShaggyDog
24th Mar '15 3:12:46 PM Morgenthaler
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This movie built on the genre that was started with ''A Better Tomorrow'' and ''Heroes Shed No Tears'' and expanded upon it. In addition to the HeroicBloodshed favorites of GunsAkimbo, slow-mo and themes of loyalty and betrayal. ''The Killer'' also popularized the use of the point-blank MexicanStandoff and introduced the DisturbedDoves, a motif that would show up in JohnWoo's later movies and made their first appearance during the [[BloodstainedGlassWindows apocalyptic church shootout]] that ended the movie. [[spoiler:It also has one of the most tragic endings that Woo has ever done, in keeping with the tendency of Hong Kong and Asian cinema in general to end their more dramatic movies on a downer note.]]

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This movie built on the genre that was started with ''A Better Tomorrow'' and ''Heroes Shed No Tears'' and expanded upon it. In addition to the HeroicBloodshed favorites of GunsAkimbo, slow-mo and themes of loyalty and betrayal. ''The Killer'' also popularized the use of the point-blank MexicanStandoff and introduced the DisturbedDoves, a motif that would show up in JohnWoo's later movies and made their first appearance during the [[BloodstainedGlassWindows apocalyptic church shootout]] that ended the movie. [[spoiler:It It also has one of the most tragic endings that Woo has ever done, in keeping with the tendency of Hong Kong and Asian cinema in general to end their more dramatic movies on a downer note.]]



* AlmostLethalWeapons: Both heroes and villains in Heroic Bloodshed movies in general can take a lot of punishment.

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* AlmostLethalWeapons: Both heroes and villains in Heroic Bloodshed HeroicBloodshed movies in general can take a lot of punishment.
22nd Mar '15 6:02:03 AM Morgenthaler
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->''[[HitmanWithAHeart One vicious hitman]]. [[CowboyCop One relentless cop]]. [[MoreDakka Ten thousand bullets]].''

'''''The Killer''''' (''Die Xue Shuang Xiong'', or "Bloodshed of Two Heroes") is considered one of JohnWoo's all time greatest films, drawing from such influences as Jean-Pierre Melville's hitman drama ''Le Samourai'' and Chang Cheh's bloody masterpiece ''Vengeance''. Chow Yun-Fat plays HitmanWithAHeart Ah Jong, whose life changes forever when, in the middle of carrying out a hit at a restaurant, he accidentally blinds a beautiful lounge singer by the name of Jenny, played by Sally Yeh, with the muzzle flash of his gun. Several days later, Jong rescues Jenny from muggers who are out to rob her and gets to know the girl a bit better and is all the more wracked with remorse for it. Jong wants to leave the business behind so that he can be with her, but in order to raise the money to have Jenny's eyes fixed, he will need to perform one last job for his triad, which is to kill a guy by the name of Wong Dung-Yu.

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->''[[HitmanWithAHeart One ->''One vicious hitman]]. [[CowboyCop hitman. One relentless cop]]. [[MoreDakka cop. Ten thousand bullets]].''

'''''The Killer'''''
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''The Killer''
(''Die Xue Shuang Xiong'', or "Bloodshed of Two Heroes") is considered one of JohnWoo's all time greatest films, drawing from such influences as Jean-Pierre Melville's hitman drama ''Le Samourai'' and Chang Cheh's bloody masterpiece ''Vengeance''. Chow Yun-Fat plays HitmanWithAHeart Ah Jong, whose life changes forever when, in the middle of carrying out a hit at a restaurant, he accidentally blinds a beautiful lounge singer by the name of Jenny, played by Sally Yeh, with the muzzle flash of his gun. Several days later, Jong rescues Jenny from muggers who are out to rob her and gets to know the girl a bit better and is all the more wracked with remorse for it. Jong wants to leave the business behind so that he can be with her, but in order to raise the money to have Jenny's eyes fixed, he will need to perform one last job for his triad, which is to kill a guy by the name of Wong Dung-Yu.
29th Jan '15 5:59:53 PM Pallo
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: The bad guy is dead, but so is the hero and his eyes are now useless, so Jenny is irremediably going blind. Inspector Li is about to be arrested, and his and Ah Jong's best friends are dead too.]]
19th Nov '14 5:20:53 PM mazaka
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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:By the end of the movie, the only major characters still alive are Jenny and Inspector Li, and both are in a very bad way, what with Jenny being all but blind forever and Li being arrested by his fellow cops and possibly sent to prison after the movie.]]



* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]
19th Nov '14 5:15:37 PM mazaka
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* HitmanWithAHeart: Ah Jong, full stop.

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* HitmanWithAHeart: Ah Jong, full stop.stop, with emphasis on the "heart".



* SympathyForTheDevil: Inspector Li to Ah Jong.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: [[SympathyForTheDevil Sympathy For The Anti-hero]]: Inspector Li to Ah Jong.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: In spades during the church shootout, including the destruction of the statue of Mary.
31st Aug '14 9:40:44 AM Khorgar
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* [[spoiler:PyrrhicVictory: Inspector Li kills Wong Hoi at the end in retailiation for killing Ah Jong. But as a consequence, he was arrested after gunning down the mob boss in front of the entire police force. He also can't use the money to have Jenny's eyes fixed either.]]

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* [[spoiler:PyrrhicVictory: Inspector Li kills Wong Hoi at the end in retailiation retaliation for killing Ah Jong. But as a consequence, he was arrested after gunning down the mob boss in front of the entire police force. He also can't use the money to have Jenny's eyes fixed either.]]
31st Aug '14 9:39:22 AM Khorgar
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* InSeriesNickname: Ah Jong and Inspector Li addresses each other as "Mickey Mouse" and "Dumbo" at certain points of the movie.

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* InSeriesNickname: Ah Jong and Inspector Li addresses each other as "Mickey Mouse" and "Dumbo" ("Shrimp Head" and "Runt" in the Cantonese Original) at certain points of the movie.
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