Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Killer

High-camp Hong Kong action classic from John Woo in which there can never be enough bad guys to shoot (and they can never have enough lead pumped into them) and where most of the sexual tension inbetween these immoderate shoot-outs is generated by the male leads. (Chow Yun-Fat and Danny Lee.) As in later examples of the genre such as Full-time Killer and the Infernal Affairs series, the handsome adversaries stare into each other's eyes with a mix of cool contempt and mutual admiration, sublimating in the direction of lust, as their automatics press onto each other's temples.

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