John Woo, Yun-Fat Chow, pistole, colombe, ralenti e una chiesa: in fondo basta poco per fare un capolavoro come The Killer!
Jeffrey è un killer di professione che nel corso di una azione ferisce agli occhi una bella ragazza; da quel momento la sua missione diventa trovare il denaro per ridarle la vista. Avrà contro i suoi ex datori di lavoro e la polizia.
Stupenda la costruzione dei rapporti tra Jeffrey e gli altri protagonisti: il poliziotto che lo insegue e che in fondo non è molto diverso da lui, la ragazza vittima da salvare (sperando così di salvare anche se stessi) e l'amico e collega killer, che verrà costretto a tradirlo.
Superbe le sparatorie: armi a colpi infiniti, cumuli di cadaveri e pose maraglie. Ricordarsi di raccogliere la mascella da terra, una volta finite.
Indimenticabili anche le scene di stallo con le pistole puntate.
Un difetto? Beh, a parte Chow Yun-Fat, sono tutti uguali! Anche se a dire il vero i vari A Better Tomorrow erano anche peggio, sotto questo aspetto...
xue shuang xiong, Die (1989)
Regista: John Woo
Scrittore: John Woo
Genere: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Valutazione: 7.9/10 (10598 voti)
Durata: 111 min
Lingua: Cantonese, Japanese
- Yun-Fat Chow .... Ah Jong (as Chow Yun Fat)
- Danny Lee .... Insp. Li Ying/Little Eagle
- Sally Yeh .... Jennie
- Kong Chu .... Fung Sei
- Kenneth Tsang .... Sgt. Tsang Yeh
- Fui-On Shing .... Wong Hoi
- Wing-Cho Yip .... Wong Dung-Yu
- Fan Wei Yee .... Frank
- Barry Wong .... Chief Insp. Dou/Tu
- Parkman Wong .... Insp. Chan Bok
A warm-hearted hitman (Chow Yun-Fat) is forced to look after a nightclub singer (Sally Yeh) when he accidentally blinds her during a gunfight. Meanwhile, a hot-shot detective (Danny Lee) and a ruthless mob is on his tail.
Trivia random: In the scene where the Killer arrives at the hospital with the injured girl, the hospital sign reads "Scared Heart" where it undoubtedly was to say "Sacred Heart."
Nome di battesimo: Fat, Chow Yun
Data di nascita: 18 May 1955
Altezza: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Coniuge: Jasmine Chow::(1986 - present), On-on Yu::(1983 - 1983) (divorced)
- Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (2007) .... Captain Sao Feng [attore]
- The Aunt's Postmodern Life (2006) .... [attore]
- Autumn Remembrance (2006) .... Prince Ping [attore]
- Stranglehold (2006) (VG) .... Inspector Tequila [attore]
- Bulletproof Monk (2003) .... Monk With No Name (as Chow Yun-Fat) [attore]
- Wo hu cang long (2000) .... Master Li Mu Bai (as Chow Yun Fat) [attore]
- Anna and the King (1999) .... King Mongkut (as Chow Yun-Fat) [attore]
- The Corruptor (1999) .... Nick Chen (as Chow Yun-Fat) [attore]
- The Replacement Killers (1998) .... John Lee (as Chow Yun-Fat) [attore]
- StarCraft (1998) (VG) .... (thanks) (as Chow Yun Fat) [misc]
Charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles as in the high octane / blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John WooBorn in 1955 on the island of Lamma , near Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, Chow's family moved to Hong Kong in 1965 and in early 1973 Chow attended a casting call for TVB, a division of Shaw Bros. productions. With his good looks & easy going style, Chow was originally a heart throb actor in non demanding TV & film roles, however his popularity increased with his appearance as the white suited crime boss, Hui Man-Keung, in the highly popular HK film Shang Hai tan xu ji (1983).In 1985, Chow started receiving noted acclaim for his work, and scored the Golden Horse (Best Actor) Award in Taiwan, and another Best Actor Award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in Dang doi lai ming (1983). With these accolades, Chow came to the attention of John Woo, who cast Chow in the fast paced gangster film _Ying huang boon sik (1986)_ (aka "A Better Tomorrow").The rest, as they say, is history......the movie was an enormous commercial success, and Chow Yun Fat's influence on young Asian males was not dissimilar to the adulation given to prior Asian film sensations such as Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. Nearly every young guy in Hong Kong ran out and bought himself a "Mark Coat" as they became known....long, heavy woolen coats as worn by Chow in the movie.....although actually very unsuited to Hong Kong's hot & humid climate!Further hard edged roles in more John Woo crime films escalated Chow's popularity even higher and fans all over the world flocked to see _Yinghung bunsik II (1987)_ (aka "A Better Tomorrow 2"), Die xue shuang xiong (1989), (aka "The Killer") and Lashou shentan (1992) (aka "Hard Boiled"). With the phenomenal global interest in the HK action genre, Chow Yun Fat was enticed to the United States and appeared in The Replacement Killers (1998) with Mira Sorvino, Corrupter, The (1999)_ with Mark Wahlberg, and for a change of pace, in the much loved romantic tale of Anna and the King (1999).Chow then returned to the Asian cinema circuit and starred in the critically lauded kung fu epic Wo hu cang long (2000) (aka "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). His wide appeal can be seen in his "boy next door" type personality and his ability to play such a broad spectrum of roles from a comedic buffoon to a love struck romeo, through to a trigger happy killer. A highly entertaining and gifted actor with dynamic on screen presence, Chow continues to remain in strong demand in many film markets.
Trivia random: Tri-lingual, speaking Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Citazione random: "If I can associate with the people very, very gently very, very friendly every day I'm happpy. If I don't pay them respect I feel terrible inside" - From an interview with Chow Yun-Fat in the Documentary Chow Yun-Fat goes Hollywood
Better Tomorrow, A
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- Ying hung boon sik (1986)
- Ying hung boon sik II (1987)
- Ying hung boon sik III (1989)
- Sun ying hong boon sik (1994)
- Better Tomorrow, A (1945)
- Tomorrow Shall Be Better (1965)
- Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
- Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow (2005)
- Morgen gaat 't beter (1939)
- Tomorrow Man, The (1996) (TV)
- Ieri, oggi, domani (1963)
- Zwischen gestern und morgen (1947)
- Grandmothers of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1915)
- Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow (2005)
- "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" (1989)
- Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1986)
- Eoje, oneul, geurigo naeil (1975)
- Teach Me (1984)
- Zwischengleis (1978)
- Yesterday's Not Tomorrow (2004)
Woo, John (I)
Nome di battesimo: Wu, Yusen
Data di nascita: 1 May 1946
Altezza: 5' 4½" (1.64 m)
Coniuge: Annie Woo Ngau Chun-lung::(1976 - present) 3 children
- Bloody Numbers (2007) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Christmas Cargo (2007) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Rainbow Six (2007) .... (producer) [produttore]
- The War of the Red Cliff (2007) .... [regista]
- Espionage for Dummies (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- He-Man (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Metroid (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- The Red Circle (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (2006) .... [regista]
- Stranglehold (2006) (VG) .... (producer) [produttore]
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973, and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before Ying hung boon sik (1986) (aka "A Better Tomorrow") established his reputation as a master stylist specializing in ultra-violent gangster films and thrillers, with hugely elaborate action scenes shot with breathtaking panache. After gaining a cult reputation in the US with Die xue shuang xiong (1989) (aka "The Killer"), Woo was offered a Hollywood contract. He plans to stay working in the US.
Trivia random: John Woo is the first Asian director ever to make a mainstream Hollywood film (Hard Target (1993)).
Citazione random: "I like doves. They look so beautiful, like a woman. For me they represent peace and love and purity. And sometimes they're seen as the messengers of God, so they're important to me because I'm a Christian."