History Film / TheKiller

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* Action Prologue: The Opening Pub Shootout
21st Apr '17 9:51:53 PM mojo72400
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''The Killer'' (''Die Xue Shuang Xiong'', or "Bloodshed of Two Heroes") is considered one of Creator/JohnWoo's all time greatest films, drawing from such influences as Jean-Pierre Melville's hitman drama ''Film/LeSamourai'' and Chang Cheh's bloody masterpiece ''Vengeance''. Creator/ChowYunFat 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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''The Killer'' (''Die Xue Shuang Xiong'', or "Bloodshed of Two Heroes") is considered one of Creator/JohnWoo's all time greatest films, drawing from such influences as Jean-Pierre Melville's hitman drama ''Film/LeSamourai'' and Chang Cheh's bloody masterpiece ''Vengeance''. Creator/ChowYunFat 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, Jennie, played by Sally Yeh, with the muzzle flash of his gun. Several days later, Jong rescues Jenny Jennie 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 Jennie'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.



* BadBoss: Wong Hoi, as Ah Jong and Fung Sei both finds out. Wong Hoi even [[spoiler:kills Paul Yau, his own syndicate hitman, when he was used as a hostage by Inspector Li in an attempt to break his own hostage situation with Jenny at the end.]]

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* BadBoss: Wong Hoi, as Ah Jong and Fung Sei both finds out. Wong Hoi even [[spoiler:kills Paul Yau, his own syndicate hitman, when he was used as a hostage by Inspector Li in an attempt to break his own hostage situation with Jenny Jennie at the end.]]



* BlindAndTheBeast: Jenny and Ah Jong. Played with in that's it not Jong's ''appearance'' that could be considered unpleasant, rather his [[ProfessionalKiller profession]] and the fact that it was him who blinded her, which she's initially unaware of.
* BloodBrothers: Two sets of these, Fung Sei being one on Ah Jong's side and Chang being one for Li. The two protagonists develop a bond like this toward the end of the movie.

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* BlindAndTheBeast: Jenny Jennie and Ah Jong. Played with in that's it not Jong's ''appearance'' that could be considered unpleasant, rather his [[ProfessionalKiller profession]] and the fact that it was him who blinded her, which she's initially unaware of.
* BloodBrothers: Two sets of these, Fung Sei being one on Ah Jong's side and Chang Tsang being one for Li. The two protagonists develop a bond like this toward the end of the movie.



* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Subverted with [[spoiler:the dying Ah Jong and Jenny due to scheduling conflicts between their two actors]].
* DiegeticSwitch: Done with Jenny's song at the very beginning of the movie.

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Subverted with [[spoiler:the dying Ah Jong and Jenny Jennie due to scheduling conflicts between their two actors]].
* DiegeticSwitch: Done with Jenny's Jennie's song at the very beginning of the movie.



* 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.]]

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



* EyeScream: The opening scene of Jenny's eyes being burned by Ah Jong's muzzle flash. And Chow Yun-Fat's eye was injured for real during filming, which can be seen during the climax.
* FireForgedFriends: While Ah Jong and Inspector Li do have a great deal of respect for each other despite being on opposite sides of the law, it's not until the beach house shootout, where the two are forced to join forces to protect each other and Jenny, that they truly become allies.

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* EyeScream: The opening scene of Jenny's Jennie's eyes being burned by Ah Jong's muzzle flash. And Chow Yun-Fat's eye was injured for real during filming, which can be seen during the climax.
* FireForgedFriends: While Ah Jong and Inspector Li do have a great deal of respect for each other despite being on opposite sides of the law, it's not until the beach house shootout, where the two are forced to join forces to protect each other and Jenny, Jennie, that they truly become allies.



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

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



* LoveAtFirstNote: Ah Jong falls in love with Jenny upon hearing her sing at the nightclub where he is to kill his first target. Then the plot happens.

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* LoveAtFirstNote: Ah Jong falls in love with Jenny Jennie upon hearing her sing at the nightclub where he is to kill his first target. Then the plot happens.



* MexicanStandoff: Ah Jong and Inspector Li get into these a lot, including a quite iconic point-blank standoff at Jenny's apartment.

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* MexicanStandoff: Ah Jong and Inspector Li get into these a lot, including a quite iconic point-blank standoff at Jenny's Jennie's apartment.



* MyGreatestFailure: How Ah Jong felt about nearly shooting Jenny's eyes out at the nightclub and about the child whom he bought to the hospital when she is caught in the middle of the shootout on the beach.

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* MyGreatestFailure: How Ah Jong felt about nearly shooting Jenny's Jennie's eyes out at the nightclub and about the child whom he bought to the hospital when she is caught in the middle of the shootout on the beach.



* OneLastJob: Ah Jong has to do one of these to pay to have Jenny's eyes fixed.

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* OneLastJob: Ah Jong has to do one of these to pay to have Jenny's Jennie's eyes fixed.



* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: [[spoiler:Wong Hoi takes Jenny hostage in the movie's final standoff]].
* 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.]]

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* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: [[spoiler:Wong Hoi takes Jenny Jennie hostage in the movie's final standoff]].
* 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 Jennie's eyes fixed either.]]



** "Ah Jong!"[=/=]"Jeffrey!" (English) (Said by Jenny)

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** "Ah Jong!"[=/=]"Jeffrey!" (English) (Said by Jenny)Jennie)



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:While Wong Hoi does end up dying in the end, neither Ah Jong nor Inspector Li succeed in restoring Jenny's eyesight, one of them is dead and the other is arrested for gunning down Wong Hoi in front of his comrades]].

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:While Wong Hoi does end up dying in the end, neither Ah Jong nor Inspector Li succeed in restoring Jenny's Jennie's eyesight, one of them is dead and the other is arrested for gunning down Wong Hoi in front of his comrades]].
18th Mar '17 6:06:50 PM MrKosta
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* ManlyTears

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* ManlyTears ManlyTears: Ah Jong [[spoiler:as he is about to MercyKill his friend Fung Sei]].
7th Jan '17 9:17:54 AM nombretomado
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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 ''Film/LeSamourai'' and Chang Cheh's bloody masterpiece ''Vengeance''. Creator/ChowYunFat 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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''The Killer'' (''Die Xue Shuang Xiong'', or "Bloodshed of Two Heroes") is considered one of JohnWoo's Creator/JohnWoo's all time greatest films, drawing from such influences as Jean-Pierre Melville's hitman drama ''Film/LeSamourai'' and Chang Cheh's bloody masterpiece ''Vengeance''. Creator/ChowYunFat 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.



This movie built on the genre that was started with ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' and ''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.

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This movie built on the genre that was started with ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' and ''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 Creator/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.
12th Dec '16 11:41:12 AM Dravencour
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* ShootTheShaggyDog

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* ShootTheShaggyDogShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:While Wong Hoi does end up dying in the end, neither Ah Jong nor Inspector Li succeed in restoring Jenny's eyesight, one of them is dead and the other is arrested for gunning down Wong Hoi in front of his comrades]].
1st Dec '16 9:52:12 PM chizo
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* ChurchOfSaintGenericus: John Woo is a Protestant and the church featured looks like a Protestant one in architecture but it has many [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic]] features - lots and lots of candles, a statue of Mary, and a priest who performs the sign of the cross. The doves flying inside the church are completely random though.
14th Nov '16 2:14:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Ah Jong and Inspector Li both.
22nd Oct '16 5:24:56 PM eroock
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->''One vicious hitman. One relentless cop. Ten thousand bullets.''
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->''One ->''"One vicious hitman. One relentless cop. Ten thousand bullets.''
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4th Oct '16 3:26:18 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReCut: A longer version exists, as detailed here, http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=1037.
21st Sep '16 6:57:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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''. Creator/ChowYunFat 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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''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'' ''Film/LeSamourai'' and Chang Cheh's bloody masterpiece ''Vengeance''. Creator/ChowYunFat 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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