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The Killer movie review

Dir: John Woo

Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh

Run time: 110 minutes

When The Killer released in 1989, writer/director John Woo couldn’t have known just how much of an impact it would have on action cinema. 1,060 more words

A Better Tomorrow ‘英雄本色’ |1986| Directed by John Woo

Still an Iconic movie that inspired a generation of filmmakers and cinema alike. A Better Tomorrow is a tale that flicks on two sides of coins. 354 more words

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