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Dip Hut Seung Hung

This extremely violent and superbly made actioner demonstrates the tight grasp that director John Woo has on the crime meller genre, and his ability to twist the form into surprisingly satisfying shapes. The picture creeps up on an audience. Melodramatic from the start, it finally goes over the top to deliver a solid emotional punch.

With:
Chow Yun-fat Danny Lee Sally Yeh Tsang Kong Chu Kong Shing Fui-on

This extremely violent and superbly made actioner demonstrates the tight grasp that director John Woo has on the crime meller genre, and his ability to twist the form into surprisingly satisfying shapes. The picture creeps up on an audience. Melodramatic from the start, it finally goes over the top to deliver a solid emotional punch.

The Killer is a buddy-buddy outing with a vengeance. Male bonding between a maverick hitman (Chow Yun-fat) and a disaffected cop (Danny Lee) is pushed to almost homoerotic extremes.

The plot itself is all too familiar. The cold-blooded assassin is doublecrossed by underworld bosses after knocking off a drug kingpin. The determined cop, on the outs with his superiors, has to catch his man or else.

Chow, a Hong Kong actor of considerable marquee value, is adept at combining pathos and chilling moral callousness. His soft underside is exposed when the plot has him falling for a cabaret singer (Sally Yeh) accidently blinded during a hit. Lee displays appealingly boyish determination and physical grace as the cop.

Dip Hut Seung Hung

Hong Kong

Production: Film Workshop/Magnum. Director John Woo; Producer Tsui Hark (exec.); Screenplay John Woo; Camera Wong Wing-hang, Peter Pau; Editor Fan Kung-ming; Music Lowell Lo; Art Director Luk Man-wah

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Chow Yun-fat Danny Lee Sally Yeh Tsang Kong Chu Kong Shing Fui-on

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