Grindhouse Film Festival: The Killer

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1989's The Killer, John Woo’s two-fisted (each fist closed around a pistol, of course) melodrama isn’t really what you’d call a “grindhouse” film, but genre labels are meant to be stretched, and bullet ballets like these are meant to be screened in 35mm—so if putting this overheated symphony of super-stylish violence in the Grindhouse Film Festival gets that done, so be it. The story is 100 percent silly soap opera bullshit, but the commitment and the energy from all involved in bringing it to lurid life is still amazing to behold, especially when it comes to Chow Yun-Fat, operating at the peak of his charisma—a level maybe only two or three other movie stars have ever attained in the history of film.

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