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The Killer (Hong Kong Legends) (1989)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Hong Kong Legends Region 2 edition. Different commentary tracks are available on the Criterion Collection and Fox Lorber/Winstar releases.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan. Rating:8.0/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by directorscut on July 23rd, 2004:Find all reviews by directorscut
This is a great commentary. Bey Logan has an unbelievable knowledge of Hong Kong cinema and rarely pauses for breath during the commentary. Unfortunately you will find few on-set stories here as Logan was not involved with the production. What you do get is a near complete biography and filmography of the main cast and crew - films the actors appeared in, awards they have won, what they did after “The Killer”. The commentary is a two hour encyclopaedia of Hong Kong cinema. He also talks about images and metaphors in the film and also relays trivia about the film and points out Woo/Yun-Fat trademarks. He also talks about the time he met Woo and Yun-Fat on the set of "Hard Boiled", which was quite interesting. The commentary is both hugely informative and immensely entertaining. It’s one of the best I’ve heard.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Even before the movie starts, he makes a reference to both ‘Highlander’ and ‘The Red Circle’. Once again, it’s a great commentary by Mr. Logan. He talks about all the actors, their career, all the movies they’ve been in, their childhood, what they had for lunch throughout their entire lives and who they’ll be in their next lives. This guy is full of information, and even provides some pretty funny moments as well. He does have one mistake, though. He says ‘The Occupant’ was Ronny Yu’s first movie, which isn’t exactly true. His first one was made a few years earlier. He gives out behind the scenes stories, like Chow Yun-fat hurting one of his eyes during the shoot, and even talks about the original ending, which was only changed because Sally Yeh (who was also a singer at the time) had other things to do and couldn’t be on set. I personally like the movie’s ending better than the original ending. If you’re a fan of Mr. Logan, you know what to expect here. He’s full of information and he never stops talking and doesn’t even seem to take a breath.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on September 18th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
This commentery should be given to all film makers as a guide to 'how to do a commentery' fantastic effort from Mr Bey Logan once again.
The Killer is one of my favourite films and Bey Logans informative audio track just made it better