Killer, The

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The Killer (1989)

The Killer (喋血雙雄) is a 1989 Hong Kong action thriller film from director John Woo that stars Chow Yun-Fat as an expert assassin who finds himself conflicted with his work after accidentally blinding a female singer during one of his jobs. Danny Lee co-stars as the Hong Kong Police Force inspector determined to catch the assassin and take down the organization that employs him. The Killer gained numerous international accolades for Woo and its influence can be seen in countless action films in the following decades including in the films directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.


The following weapons were used in the film Killer, The:

Contents


Pistols

Beretta 92FS

The Beretta 92FS is frequently seen in the hands of Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) as in many John Woo films. However, according to the film's lead armorer/gun coach, they only had access to one Beretta 92FS during the shoot, so the Brazilian Taurus PT92 was used in many scenes as a substitute. The armorer has also confirmed that the weapon was a Beretta 92FS of Italian manufacture and not the earlier Beretta 92F seen in previous Hong Kong productions. The weapon was purchased brand-new at the production's request by Props Company, Ltd. for use by Chow Yun-Fat in the film.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) blasts away with his Beretta 92FS and his Taurus PT92 in the nightclub.
"Easy to pick up, hard to put down".
"Who wants me dead?" - Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) confronts Fung Sei (Chu Kong) in his apartment with a Beretta 92FS.
The classic John Woo standoff - Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) with a Beretta 92FS and Inspector Li Ying (Danny Lee) with a Colt Lawman Mk III.
Ah Jong and Li Ying in standoff mode.
Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) and Li Ying (Danny Lee), both looking a bit worse for wear, prepare an explosive surprise for Wong Hoi (Shing Fui-On) at the church. Ah Jong has a Beretta 92FS while Li Ying has a Browning Hi-Power.

Taurus PT92

A number of Taurus PT92 pistols are used by Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) and Fung Sei (Chu Kong). They are also used by many Triads, and a stainless model is used by the syndicate killer Frank Chen (Ricky Yi Fan-Wai). This weapon are frequently used as substitutes for the Beretta 92FS, since the film's armorers only had access to one Beretta for most of filming. Whenever Ah Jong is seen firing two pistols, he typically uses the blued Taurus PT92 with black grips in combination with his Beretta 92FS. The rubber grips on the blued Taurus were emblazoned with a fake Beretta logo in order to make it look like the 92FS, though this modification is usually not visible in the finished film.

Also note that there are a number of continuity errors in which the Taurus replaces the Beretta (or vice-versa).

Taurus PT92AFS with stainless steel finish and wooden grips - 9x19mm
Taurus PT92AF - 9x19mm
A gun case holds a stainless Taurus PT92 with wooden grips, a Desert Eagle replica with wooden grips, a Beretta 92F, a Browning BDA replica with plastic grips, and a first generation Glock 17.
A stainless Taurus PT92 with wooden grips (note lack of slide-safety) and a Browning BDA replica with plastic grips lying on the glass table in Ah Jong's apartment.
Ah Jong examines the stainless Taurus before releasing the slide.
A good clear shot of the Taurus highlighting the wooden grips and lack of slide mounted safety.
Fung Sei (Chu Kong) grabs Ah Jong's Taurus PT92 to shoot him only to discover it's unloaded. Note Made in Brazil on the slide.
Jennie (Sally Yeh) points a Taurus PT92 at Inspector Li Ying (Danny Lee). She has a very good two-handed grip for someone who is supposed to be almost blind. Note how the Taurus she's holding as a stainless guide rod, which is another way to distinguish the Taurus from the Beretta when the safety isn't visible.
Li Ying fires the Taurus PT92 after Jennie (Sally Yeh) dropped it due to the Triads' raid. Ah Jong also has one.
The syndicate killer Frank Chen (Ricky Yi Fan-Wai) uses a stainless Taurus to shoot at Ah Jong. The lettering on the slide is faintly visible.
A close-up of Ah Jong's PT92 at the end of the film.

Walther PPK

The Walther PPK is used by Ah Jong in his apartment as a backup weapon alongside his Beretta, previously held in his left sleeve. The Walther PPK used in this scene was actually an 8mm German-made blank-firing replica, because the armorers were unable to acquire a real PPK when the scene was filmed. Aside from the Umarex GPDAs used by the Triads and a Desert Eagle replica seen in the gun case, this is the only gun in the film that is fake. Note concealing a pocket pistol in the jacket sleeve is a common move in John Woo films, as it's also seen in Just Heroes and Blackjack.

Walther PPK - .380 ACP
Ah Jong takes out his Walther PPK from his left sleeve.

Umarex GPDA9

An Umarex GPDA9, a blank-firing replica of the Browning BDA, is used by several Triad members in the nightclub shootout. Shortly after, it is used once again by other Triads, Wong Hung (Wong Kwong-Leung), and Li Ying (Danny Lee) at the gun deal scene and the bus chase. The GPDA continues to be used by Triad members throughout the film. Near the end of the film, Fung Sei (Chu Kong) briefly commandeers one in his attempt to retrieve Ah Jong's (Chow Yun-Fat) money from Wong Hoi (Shing Fui-On). This weapon also appears to be used with a suppressor by a Triad assassin who attacks Ah Jong in his apartment.

Umarex GPDA9 - 9mm P.A.K. blanks
Inspector Li Ying checks a GPDA. Visible in this shot is the GPDA's different safety catch.
A Taurus PT92 and a GPDA with plastic grips lying on the glass table in Ah Jong's apartment.
A suppressed pistol freshly out of the hands of a thug.
Fung Sei (Chu Kong) pulls his commandeered GPDA on Wong Hoi (Shing Fui-On). Note that although the pistol is marked as a Browning, the letters "GPDA" are visible on the right. Umarex licensed the trademarks from FN for this replica, and in reality the BDA markings are different reading "FABRIQUE NATIONALE HERSTAL".

Bruni Combat

A 8mm blank-firing Desert Eagle replica Bruni Combat is seen in the briefcase given to Ah Jong by Fung Sei.

Bruni Combat - 8mm P.A.K. blanks
A gun case holds a stainless Taurus PT92 with wooden grips, a Desert Eagle replica with wooden grips, a Beretta 92F, a Browning BDA replica with plastic grips, and a first generation Glock 17.

Auto Ordnance M1911A1

Wong Hoi (Shing Fui-On) uses an Auto Ordnance M1911A1 at the end of the film, in addition to an unidentified snub nose revolver in his other hand.

Auto Ordnance M1911A1 - .45 ACP
A Triad member fires his M1911A1 during the raid at Jennie's beach house.
Wong Hoi (Shing Fui-On) pulls his Auto Ordnance M1911A1 on Jennie's (Sally Yeh) head.
A close-up view, note the Auto Ordnance rollmarks.

Browning Hi-Power

During the weapons deal, a thug is seen with a very early model Browning Hi-Power. This pistol is later used by Inspector Li Ying (Danny Lee) during the climax of the film. It's noted as by the front sight and finger indentation on the slide, and the adjustable sight.

The first model of the classic Browning Hi-Power, developed by John Browning and Dieudonné Saive, and adopted by Belgium in 1935, the FN P-35 - 9x19mm
A thug with his Browning Hi-Power. The finger indentation on the slide is visible here.

Smith & Wesson 39

A Smith & Wesson 39 is seen in a gun case along with several revolvers and a Browning BDA replica during the weapons deal.

Smith & Wesson 39-2 - 9x19mm
A Smith & Wesson 39 in a gun case.

Glock 17

A first generation Glock 17 is seen in the gun case.

1st Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm
A gun case holds a stainless Taurus PT92 with wooden grips, a Desert Eagle replica with wooden grips, a Beretta 92F, a Browning BDA replica with plastic grips, and a first generation Glock 17.

Revolvers

Colt Lawman Mk III

The Colt Lawman Mk III is frequently used by Inspector Li Ying (Danny Lee).

Colt Lawman Mk III snub nose with rubber grips - .357 Magnum
A gang member holds Inspector Li Ying at gunpoint during the arms deal.
Inspector Li Ying with his Colt Lawman Mk III as he takes cover.

Taurus Model 85

A Taurus Model 85 with pearl grips is used by Ah Jong during his first hit, and is the weapon that results in Jennie's blinding due to Ah Jong firing too close to her eyes, setting up the main plot of the film.

Taurus Model 85 (classic model) in blued finish - .38 Special. Note the shape of the ejector shroud as opposed to the newer models of this same revolver.
A nickel Taurus Model 85 with pearl grips is seen on a card table before being used by Ah Jong.
Ah Jong fires the revolver too close to Jennie's eyes. Since firing a blank in close proximity to a person's eyes would really blind them, this scene was accomplished with visual effects. Note how the muzzle flash doesn't actually exit the center of the barrel but more towards the bottom.

Taurus Model 689

A heavily modified stainless Taurus Model 689 is used by Ah Jong in the parking garage scene where he kills several of Wong Hoi's men and at one point shoots Wong Hoi. The squib-filled fake arm used by Shing Fui-On for the scene came off during shooting, making it look like Ah Jong had blown Wong Hoi's arm off. Fung Sei also commandeers another Taurus Model 689 (this one blued) in his final attempt to get Ah Jong's money.

Taurus Model 689 stainless steel finish with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Ah Jong fires his modified Taurus Model 689 in the parking garage.
Ah Jong fires his modified Taurus Model 689 at Wong Hoi.
Ah Jong fires his modified Taurus Model 689 at Wong Hoi.
Fung Sei pulls his commandeered Taurus Model 689 on Wong Hoi's mouth.
Fung Sei's commandeered Taurus Model 689 clicks empty as he tries to shoot Wong Hoi in the back of the head. Note the Taurus rollmarks on the frame and different style hammer compared to the similar Colt Python.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is seen in a briefcase given to Ah Jong by his friend Fung Sei.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - .44 Magnum
The Smith & Wesson Model 29 on the top left.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers are carried by Hong Kong police officers at the end of the film.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver - .38 Special
Police officers arrest Li Ying. A Smith & Wesson Model 10 is seen on the right.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

A Smith & Wesson Model 36 is used by Sergeant Tsang Yeh (Kenneth Tsang), at one point, commandeered from him by Ah Jong.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot
Police officers arrest Li Ying. Two Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolvers are seen on the right.

Shotguns

Remington 870

A Remington 870 with a pistol grip in place of a standard stock and fitted with an extended magazine tube is used by Inspector Li Ying (Danny Lee) in the church shootout.

Remington 870 Police Folder with extended magazine tube, stock extended - 12 Gauge; identical to the one in the film except for the film's weapon's lack of a folding stock.
Li Ying (Danny Lee) holds the Remington 870.
Li Ying fires the Remington 870 during the church shootout.

Smith & Wesson 3000

A short barrel Smith & Wesson 3000 with a pistol grip and the stock removed can be seen in the hands of the bartender at Ah Jong's first hit of the film. Ah Jong also uses it during the final shootout.

Smith & Wesson 3000 shotgun with black synthetic furniture and folding stock - 12 Gauge
The bartender fires his sawed-off Smith & Wesson 3000 at Ah Jong.
A thug reaches for the short barrel Smith & Wesson 3000.
Ah Jong fires the sawed-off Smith & Wesson 3000. Note the shell ejection.
Ah Jong (on the right) fires the sawed-off Smith & Wesson 3000.
Ah Jong (on the right) holding the sawed-off Smith & Wesson 3000.

Franchi PA3

A Franchi PA3 is used by Frank Chen (Ricky Yi Fan-Wai) at Jennie's beach house and in the church. During the beach house shootout, it appears to be depicted as a grenade launcher, as anything it hits explodes. It is possible, however, these explosions are just typically over-the-top John Woo shotgun special effects.

Franchi PA3 with foregrip - 12 Gauge
Frank Chen (Ricky Yi Fan-Wai) uses his Franchi PA3 in the church.
Frank Chen uses his Franchi PA3 in the church.

Submachine Guns

Uzi

One of the assassins in Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat)'s apartment uses an Uzi fitted with a suppressor. Several Uzis are later used by Triad members during the church shootout. According to the film's armorer, the Uzis used in the film were a mix of original Israeli-made Uzis and Chinese-made Norinco 320 copies.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
Two thugs holding (from left to right) the Beretta M12 and a full size Uzi.
IMI Uzi with Sionics suppressor - 9x19mm
A thug holding his suppressed Uzi.
A thug's Uzi is very visible after he is killed.

Beretta M12

A Beretta M12 submachine gun is used by Ah Jong and several Triad members in the beach house shootout, and later shows up during the church shootout.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
Ah Jong reaches for a thug's Beretta M12.
Ah Jong holds the Beretta M12.
Two thugs holding (from left to right) the Beretta M12 and a full size Uzi.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

A Heckler & Koch MP5K with two magazines clamped together is used by Ah Jong in the church, and later handed off to Li Ying. MP5Ks are also used by many of the Triads, including Wong Hoi (Shing Fui-On). At the time of filming, the MP5K was relatively uncommon in action films, having only appeared in Lethal Weapon 2 and L.A. Takedown the same year.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
The MP5K lying in the bag of weapons. Note the detachable SEF lower receiver.
Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) fires the MP5K.
Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) fires the MP5K.
Li Ying (Danny Lee) firing the MP5K.
Li Ying (on the left) firing the MP5K.
Li Ying (on the left) holding the MP5K as Ah Jong hands off another magazine.
Li Ying firing the MP5K.
An extremely good close-up of the MP5K as Ah Jong reloads the weapon and then does the "HK slap" (one of the first times that this technique was ever shown in an action film).

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Hong Kong police officers at the airport are seen carrying Heckler & Koch MP5A3s with slimline handguards. The MP5A3s in this scene appear to be airsoft weapons.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with original "slimline" forearm - 9x19mm

Rifles

SVD Dragunov (Mock-Up)

The rifle used by Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) to carry out his assassination plot is a long barreled Chinese Norinco Type 56 assault rifle that was visually modified to look like a Russian SVD Dragunov. The armorers were unable to acquire a real SVD or NDM-86 (the Chinese SVD clone) for the filming of the scene, so they were forced to visually modify a Type 56 rifle instead. The rifle that Ah Jong drops into the sea was a Japanese airsoft AK-47 that was also modified by the armorers to look like an SVD.

Trivia: Before Ah Jong fires the SVD, he wraps a bandana around his left hand. At the time that this scene was filmed, Chow Yun-Fat was simultaneously working on Tiger on the Beat; on the set of that film, he cut his finger on the front sight of a Sterling Mk IV submachine gun during a stunt. Afterwards, he went straight to the set of The Killer to film the assassination scene, with his hand still injured and the bandana wrapped around it. John Woo decided to include this in the film.

Norinco Type 56 used as a base for the SVD Dragunov.
A real SVD Dragunov sniper rifle for comparison (7.62x54mmR). Note the scope and mount, receiver dust cover, receiver side, magazine type, gas tube, rear stock. All are different than the rifle that Chow Yun-Fat uses. He is using a fake SVD mocked up from a Chinese AK.
AIRSOFT Tokyo Marui AK-47 tuned with the "Dragunov Conversion Kit" to look like an SVD rifle. This is similar in appearance to the rifle that is used in the film.
Ah Jong's Norinco Type 56 mocked up to look like an SVD Dragunov.
Ah Jong aims his sniper rifle.

M16A1

The first assassin at the beach that tries to kill Ah Jong (Chow Yun-Fat) after the hit on Wong Dung-Yu (Teddy Yip Wing-Cho) uses an M16A1 rifle that has an M16A2-style handguard. The rifle has a scope mounted on top of the carry handle and has a 20 round magazine.

M16A1 with A2 style handguard and a 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The sniper with his scoped M16A1.
A close-up of the bolt of the sniper's M16A1. Strangely enough, the forward assist would only work if there are actually grooves on the bolt!
Another view of the sniper's M16A1.

Colt Model 733

Colt Model 733 rifles are used by several of Triad members in the shootout at Jennie's beach house. Strangely, all of the M733s in the film are fitted with the outdated (even for the 1980s) three-prong flash hiders, rather than the M16A1-style "bird-cage" flash hider.

Colt Model 733 - 5.56x45mm
A Triad member holds his Colt Model 733.

Norinco Type 56-1

A Chinese Norinco Type 56-1 is used by Inspector Li Ying (Danny Lee) in the church shootout, and by several gangsters throughout the film. The Type 56-1 used in the film is fitted with an M16A1-style "bird-cage" flash hider, most likely taken from a Norinco Type 84S.

Norinco Type 56-1 (underfolding stock) - 7.62x39mm
Li Ying (Danny Lee) uses a Norinco Type 56-1 in the church.
Li Ying fires the Norinco Type 56-1. Note the star burst muzzle flash.

Others

Miscellaneous Guns

Fung Sei shows off his arsenal to Ah Jong.
Fung Sei shows off his arsenal to Ah Jong.
Fung Sei takes a pistol out of his arsenal.



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