The Killer (1989)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-11-14
Summary: Danny Lee at his best
Updated 11/14/2002

I don't know what I was thinking the first time I saw The Killer. In my original review dated 4/24/2001, I said that The Killer isn't a movie for me. Perhaps I was too young (a whole 17 months younger) to appreciate John Woo's most acclaimed masterpiece. I have watched it 5 times in the last week, and I can't get enough of it: a movie that is so involving and beautiful.

John Woo sure knows how to make a good film. "The Killer" is well-known as one of the best movies in HK cinema, and it is not overrated. "The Killer"'s superb delivery of emotion and symbolism (John Woo is the master of evoking emotions) truly makes it an unforgettable cinematic experience. 'Nuff said.

The only HK movie I consider better than The Killer would be Once Upon a Time in China. Both still have some flaws, but each is the best of the period and the modern genre.

[10/10] for The Killer.
Reviewer Score: 10