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Hong Kong action 1989 color 111 min.
Director: John Woo
CAV: $124.95 - available
3 discs, catalog # CC1363L

CLV: $49.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1436L

DVD: $39.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1515D

Director John Woo creates fast-paced films blending bold strokes of action, emotion, and melodrama. His aggressively violent films refract familiar Western pop cultural elements through an Eastern lens. These "Chinese blood operas," made in Hong Kong in collaboration with actor Chow Yun-fat, present violence as poetry, and action as ballet.

" ... one of the best Hong Kong action movies. When nestled in the extensive supplementary package that makes up the Criterion Collection's must-have version of this stirring story, it becomes a crash course in Hong Kong cinema." --Nick Pullia, Spotlight

Hot-shot Hong Kong director John Woo (Hard Target) fashions a nervy thriller about an assassin seeking one last hit. Chronicling the lives of the super-cool hitman and the tough cop who trails him, The Killer is aggressively violent and exhilaratingly passionate. The movie bristles with pyrotechnic gunplay and exquisite slow-motion sequences. Presented in a new widescreen transfer, approved by John Woo.

Criterion's CAV Special Edition lets you examine every frame of the incredible editing, stunts, and camera work and includes:

  • Audio commentary by John Woo and producer Terence Chang
  • Trailers from 11 John Woo films, including The Killer
  • Director's cut--the Hong Kong release version--of the film
  • Complete bio-filmography of John Woo, including a student film
  • A "bluffer's guide" to the best of Hong Kong cinema.

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