The Killer script
The Killer (1989)
Synopsis: The Killer (simplified Chinese: 喋血双雄; traditional Chinese: 喋血雙雄; Jyutping: dip6 hyut3 soeng1 hung4; pinyin: Diéxuè shuāngxióng[4])† is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Chow plays the assassin Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the eyes of the singer Jennie (Sally Yeh) during a shootout. He later discovers that if Jennie does not have an expensive operation she will go blind. To get the money for Jennie, Ah Jong decides to perform one last hit.

FADE IN:

EXT. LANTAU ISLAND - NIGHT

The largest of Hong Kong's outlying islands...

Rural villages.

Not much evidence of the twentieth century except television aerials --

Dominated by a mountain at it's center.

LANTAU PEAK:

A thousand meters high.

Remote.

Isolated.

A road winds up through clouds to an ancient Buddhist monastery ~t the top of

the hill.

INT. PO LIN MONASTERY - NIGHT

The walls lined with traditional Buddhist paintings and statues.

Thousands of candles illuminate an enormous image of the seated Buddha.

A gray robed MONK moves through the room lighting more candles --

JEFF:

Appears in the doorway.

Suit, tie, overcoat, scarf.

He removes his shoes.

Enters the room.

TEMPLE:

He walks to the front of the shrine.

Lights a joss stick, places it on the altar...

Tums and walks to the back of the room.

Sits down next to a MAN --

Similarly dressed, same age.

Chinese.

Carries a briefcase.

SIDNEY:

Do you follow the eight fold path?

He hands Jeff the briefcase --

4/6/92 D.G., %W.H. 2.

SIDNEY:

I used to come here when, I was very young. My

Father brought me. He thought it was a place of

perfect tranquility...Do you believe in God?

JEFF:

(smiles)

Everyone believes in God.

SIDNEY:

There are atheists --

JEFF:

They believe in luck. It's the same thing.

Jeff snaps open the briefcase.

INSERT - INSIDE THE BRIEFCASE

A thick layer of sealed packets containing fresh Swiss banknotes.

Two 9mm WALTHERS.

A photograph of a middle aged CHINESE MAN.

SIDNEY:

Want to count it?

JEFF:

I trust you.

SIDNEY:

You know who he is?

Jeff knows.

SIDNEY:

You have a problem?

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Jeff doesn't.

Closes the briefcase.

SIDNEY:

A very bad man -- Nobody will ever miss him.

SOUND OVER - JENNY'S SONG BEGINS:

A slow, sad, distinctly Chinese song.

The musical accompaniment is Western.

Blues guitar.

Keyboards.

The voice is a woman's.

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John Woo

John Woo SBS (Ng Yu-Sum; born 1 May 1946) is a Chinese-born Hong Kong film director, writer, and producer. He is considered a major influence on the action genre, known for his highly chaotic action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and frequent use of slow motion. Woo has directed several notable Hong Kong action films, among them, A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Killer (1989), Hard Boiled (1992), and Red Cliff (2008/2009). more…

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